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Indigenous children with hearing loss are getting help thanks to a new screening tool

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have some of the highest rates of ear infection in the world, and it can often lead to hearing loss. But a new screening program is helping identify the problem much earlier, before it becomes permanent. Just months ago, three-year-old Tjandamurra Cavanagh struggled to hear. He suffered from multiple ear infections and a burst ear drum before being diagnosed with chronic hearing issues. His father Luke Cavanagh, a Bundjalung man who lives in Newcastle, says it made it incredibly difficult to communicate with his toddler. “He'd just hum or he'd be crying, screaming at us because we couldn't understand anything he was saying, it was hard,” he told SBS News. “It was frustrating because we didn't...

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The West Live: Aboriginal-led program to tackle kids in care crisis

More than half of the 5000 children in State care in WA are Aboriginal. Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk joins The West Live this morning to discuss a new $715,000 trial aimed at addressing the sobering statistic. Ms McGurk will talk with host Jenna Clarke about how the two-year Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making pilot will look to support collaboration between the government and families at-risk of child protection intervention. The model will create safe cultural spaces for family and extended family members in how to make the most culturally appropriate decisions for at-risk children. Ms McGurk will also weigh in on a new report from the Grattan Institute supporting a scheme for childcare that would cost parents $20 a...

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Child protection reforms won’t deliver for Aboriginal kids: advocates

Aboriginal groups say the NSW government’s child protection reforms don’t do enough to tackle the over-representation of Indigenous children and youths in state care, labelling the plans as unremarkable and leaving them feeling disrespected. The government will appoint an Aboriginal children’s guardian, an expert advisory body and an internal taskforce in response to a damning review which last year made 125 recommendations to reform a child protection system that had “failed Aboriginal families and children”. Aboriginal children make up almost 40 per cent of all young people in out-of-home care in NSW. The guardian role has been broadly welcomed, providing the position has standalone powers, but critics say the government has ignored the bulk of the recommendations and failed to...

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