Earbus Foundation of WA
Earbus Foundation is a WA-based children's charity that works to reduce the incidence of middle ear disease in Aboriginal and at-risk children in our state.
Ear disease and infections are common in children and can cause hearing loss. Hearing loss can have long term effects on education. Our goal is to eradicate the impacts of hearing loss and Otitis Media so that every young person can reach their full potential through listening and learning.
The Earbus School Program is delivered by a dedicated clinical team who visit up to 65 locations in regional WA - including the Peel and South West regions. This program commenced in Waroona during October 2018 in partnership with Waroona DHS. Our School Program is a free service for schools and families, thanks to our many sponsors and partners such as Alcoa PEACH. Earbus brings together experts from Education, Health, Culture and Communities.
To reduce the incidence of middle ear disease in Indigenous and at-risk children in Western Australia below the World Health Organization benchmark of 4%.
That current and future generations of Indigenous children can succeed at school unhindered by the debilitating effects of Otitis Media and its impacts upon their ability to learn and achieve to their full potential.
We believe middle ear disease to be an insidious, underestimated and under-treated condition that can affect every aspect of early childhood development in Indigenous children and creates lifelong barriers that prevent these children from taking their full and rightful part in Australian society.