The Governor welcomed Mr Paul Higginbotham, CEO of Earbus Foundation of WA, Dr Lara Shur, Director Clinical Services and Co-Founder and Dr Carol Dowling, Director of Research from Earbus Foundation to Government House.
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. The Foundation brings together experts from Education, Health, Culture and Communities.
Mr Higginbotham provided a update on the work Earbus Foundation is doing in Aboriginal communities across regional and remote Western Australia.
Mr Higginbotham said:
“Aboriginal children have the worst ear disease in the world and it creates a significant potential barrier to school attainment and subsequent employment opportunities. It is one of the critical health issues that must be addressed if the new Closing the Gap targets are to be met.”