|Title:||Clinical Management of Otitis Media|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0412/12|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 20 December 2012|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||All health practitioners employed in WA Health should be able to access the Recommendations for Clinincal Care Guideline on the Management of Otitis Media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Populations and follow the recommendations in the relevant sections.|
|Applicable to:||All health practitioners employed in WA Health|
|Period of effect:||from 13 December 2012 to 13 December 2017|
|Review date:||13 December 2017|
|Authorised by:||Mr Kim Snowball, Director General, Department of Health WA, 14-Dec-2012|
|Print version:||View print version|
Clinical Management of Otitis Media
The purpose of this Operational Directive is to provide consistent guidelines for the clinical management of otitis media.
Otitis media (OM) is a common childhood illness, from which most children will recover quickly with appropriate treatment. Some population groups, however, have much higher rates of OM and also have unacceptably high rates of chronic suppurative OM (CSOM) with associated impact on hearing, language development and learning ability. Australian Aboriginal children have the highest rate (up to 70% in remote communities) of CSOM in the world.
In response to this health issue, a number of Government and non-government agencies are implementing specific health programs. WA Health has recognised that coordination of health care across the age and intervention spectrums is essential if OM prevalence and impact are to be reduced. It has commissioned the development of a Model of Care (MoC) for Otitis Media and work on this has commenced.
The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing has published Recommendations for Clinical Care Guidelines on the Management of Otitis Media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Populations which are being widely promoted within the primary health care sector across Australia. These guidelines have been developed using National Health and Medical Research standards of clinical evidence.
Although these guidelines refer specifically to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations, the clinical evidence for medical management of otitis media is applicable to all populations.
CLINICAL MANAGEMENT OF OTITIS MEDIA
All health practitioners employed in WA Health should be able to access the Recommendations for Clinical Care Guidelines on the Management of Otitis Media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Populations and follow the recommendations in the relevant sections:
Section A: Prevention of Otitis Media and Hearing Loss
Mr Kim Snowball
This circular last updated: Wednesday, 30 January 2013 at 8:41am