- ENT Specialists
- Audiology Services
- Clear Ears Volunteering
Clear Ears Nurses have been fortunate in being invited to volunteer with both the Starkey Hearing Foundation program in Vietnam and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and AusAID funded Pacific Island Program (PIP) which provides ENT surgical services and Nurse training in Vanuatu led by Mr Perry Burstin.
Starkey Hearing Foundation
William F. Austin founded the Starkey Hearing Foundation in 1984 with the purpose of providing hearing aids to the world’s most disadvantaged. His vision – so the world may hear. Since that time, thousands of volunteers and supporters who share his vision have distributed more than 1.8 million hearing aids in over 100 countries to the hearing impaired. In May 2016, Clear Ears Nurses Natalie and Chris participated in this vision by joining The Starkey Hearing Foundation’s phase 2 mission in Vietnam. As part of a strong team of over 20 professionals, Natalie and Chris joined the otoscopy team to perform patient ear examinations and remove earwax, foreign bodies and infection using micro suction and curettage techniques. The Vietnam mission attracted approximately 500 patients, 80 per cent of which were suffering from conditions requiring treatment by the otoscopy team. The Vietnamese patients exhibited very advanced ear diseases that would normally be detected early in Australia. Unfortunately, inadequate access to healthcare services in Vietnam means many patients experience chronic ear conditions and irreversible damage.
Royal Australian College of Surgeons PIP ENT Program
Mr Burstin has been providing services to the Vanuatu program since 2002. He has established a strong multidisciplinary team including Surgeons, an Anaesthetist, Nurses, a Speech Therapist and an Audiologist to provide comprehensive clinical and teaching services to the Ni-van community. The ENT nurse training workshops in Vanuatu are designed to upgrade the medical knowledge and skills of Ni-van and other Pacific islands nurses. The program enables the nurses to deliver a range of primary, secondary and tertiary ENT services to their community. This is achieved through a formal multidisciplinary lecture series; on-the-job training, coaching and mentoring; and fostering of ongoing clinical support from the Australian team. Clear Ears annually provide the Pacific Island Nurses with training in Aural Care as well as assist the Surgeons in the Clinic and Operating room.
To assist in supporting these initiatives fundraising and donations can be made to Starkey Hearing Foundation at https://www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/take-action or made to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons at http://www.surgeons.org/government/community-and-international-programs/donations
- Professional Links
- Australian College of Nursing
- Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Nurses Group
- Australian Society of Otolarngology Head & Neck Surgeons
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
- International Journal of Otolaryngology
- The New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Incorporated
- Professional Services
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- Course in Aural Care
Clear Ears Holdings PL established “Course in Aural Care” in 2011 to ensure Clear Ears nurses receive unparalleled training in Aural Care including micro suction and curettage techniques. Adapted to Australian standards with assistance from ENT Surgeons and Audiologists, Course in Aural Care is based on the UK Aural Care Certificate with permission from the Department of Otolaryngology, Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
Course in Aural Care was the first accredited course recognised nationally for micro suction and curettage technique for ear wax removal in Australia.
Clear Ears Course in Aural Care is suitable for GP’s, Medical Students, Audiologists and Registered Nurses with an interest in Aural Care.
Clear Ears have recently worked with world leading blended and digital learning experts at Deakin University to develop Course in Aural Care into an online Learning Hub. To learn more about this cutting edge course and take a tour of the portal visit clearearslearning.com.
- Links to Interesting Publications on Ears
To ensure Clear Ears Nurses practice to the highest standard of care, Clear Ears stay in touch with the latest guidelines and news relating to ears and ear health.
We share some of the best with you here. To access the articles click on the title.
Updated Guidelines from UK for COVID-19 Pandemic– Recommended COVID-19 Precautions
Clinical Practice Guideline – Acute Otitis Media with Effusion – American Academy of Otolaryngology
Ears and Air Travel – Hopkins Medicine Health Library
Eustachian Tube Dysfunction – Fauquier ENT
Primary Care Management Guidelines for GPs – Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital
Role of Impacted Wax in Hearing Loss – ENT Journal
Tinnitus – Fauquier ENT
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