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The ear and hearing healthcheck flowchart helps to guide clinicians through the process of initial identification of a child at risk of ear and hearing health problems, through primary health management and follow up, and finally to onward referral to specialist services.

It is useful to use the flowchart in conjunction with the ‘WHO HOW guide’, which helps decide which ear and hearing specialist service to refer to and how to go about it.

Child having ears checked

Deadly Ears Ear Nose and Throat Outreach is happy to accept referrals of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Hard copies of the guidelines can be ordered from Care for Kids Ears. We recommend that a number of copies be available and in use in each of the community health facilities we visit.

For simple treatment summaries you can also refer to the Practical Treatment Plans.

Referral form

Queensland Health or Government clinicians

Please email completed referral form to

External clinicians

Please fax completed referral form to 07 3310 7810

Worried about ears?

See your doctor or child health nurse as soon as possible! Call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for further information

Find out more

For more information about Deadly Ears, including eligibility criteria, catchment area restrictions, location details and referral advice, view the Deadly Ears Program service page.
Download the Otitis Media Guidelines app via the Apple Store or Google Play Store.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander childrens health hub