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INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS—HEARING HEALTH—OTITIS MEDIA

Senator Siewert amended general business notice of motion no. 862 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) acknowledges that the week beginning 19 August 2012 is Hearing Awareness Week and recognises that poor hearing health outcomes are a significant challenge to `Closing the Gap' for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;

 (b) notes that otitis media is a serious childhood disease that disproportionately affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and, left unaddressed, can lead to poor life outcomes; and

 (c) calls on the Government to:

  (i) take a cross-disciplinary approach to otitis media in young people,

  (ii) commit to tackling otitis media and its associated educational and social impacts as a national problem and working collaboratively with the states on a holistic, sustained, cross-disciplinary approach to addressing this issue and its effects, and

  (iii) facilitate the interaction between health, education and family support programs that address the impacts of otitis media and focus funding toward programs that foster cross-disciplinary action.

Question put and passed.