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The Australian Indigenous EarInfoNet Project was developed to ensure that all research and resources on the prevention and management of ear disease and hearing loss are available and easily accessible. The project commenced in 2005 when people working in the area of Indigenous ear health and hearing reported that they frequently feel they are working in isolation, and that they need to 're-invent the wheel' regularly when developing projects and resources for the management of ear disease and hearing loss.
An informal national network, now known as the EarInfoNetwork,was established with members from various fields (including lndigenous health workers, audiologists and audiometrists, teachers, medical officers, nurses, and more). The EarInfoNetwork aims to collectively address the complex issues of ear health and hearing through improving communication and the sharing of information and resources between stakeholders.
Online resources have been developed to support the network at the Australian Indigenous EarInfoNet website: www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/other-health-conditions/ear/earinfonet.org.au. This website provides quality up-to-date information and a yarning place (electronic network) that enables people to share information, knowledge and experiences. The website is a 'one stop info-shop' for people working, studying or interested in the area of Indigenous ear health and hearing.
A Project Manager is employed two days a week to engage communities and site users, to promote the website, to moderate yarning place messages, to develop resources and to answer enquiries.
The evaluation survey reported the following involvement in the EarInfonet.
Number of members: 224
Proportion of Indigenous members:
Peter Morris and Susie Hopkins
Menzies School of Health Research