Indigenous Ear Health

Research Overview

We are committed to reducing the burden of ear disease amongst Indigenous children, through clinical and experimental research.  Our team conducts several projects including clinical trials, clinical audits and laboratory work.

In the laboratory we are investigating how best to prevent Otitis Media.  Our group also leads a large-scale NHMRC supported clinical trial to determine the best surgical treatment for otitis media. Through several partnerships we also conduct clinical audits to improve clinical outcomes and guide future policy to improve detection, prevention, management and follow up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people diagnosed with ear disease and other ENT dysfunction.

Our team welcomes students with an interest in Indigenous Health, microbiology, audiology, medicine and surgery to assist with the goal of reducing the impact of ear disease upon Indigenous children.


Katie Davis, Clinical Trial Coordinator


Victorian Aboriginal Health Service
Northern Territory Hearing Health Program
Menzies School of Health Research


NHMRC Project Grant: Surgery for Treating Otits Media

Research Projects

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Professor Stephen O'Leary

Department / Centre


Unit / Centre

Indigenous Ear Health

MDHS Research library
Explore by researcher, school, project or topic.