FMG funds ear equip­ment

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

The Ear­bus Foun­da­tion has been awarded a grant to help im­prove health out­comes for hun­dreds of Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren in Port Hed­land.

The $3800 grant funded the pur­chase of a video oto­scope through the lat­est round of the Fortes­cue Me­tals Group com­mu­nity sup­port grants pro­gram.

An ad­di­tional $30,000 in Qan­tas flights was also pro­vided by FMG to help fa­cil­i­tate vis­its by spe­cial­ists to the Pil­bara.

Ear­bus has con­tin­u­ously been work­ing in part­ner­ship with Wir­raka Maya Abo­rig­i­nal Med­i­cal Ser­vice and the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice to de­velop a model of care, and vis­its the re­gion once a month.

Ear­bus chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Hig­gin­botham said the new equip­ment would al­low med­i­cal staff to take high-res­o­lu­tion pho­to­graphs of the ear drum and ear canal to di­ag­nose po­ten­tial dis­eases.

“It is an im­por­tant tool to en­gage and ed­u­cate chil­dren and makes ear dis­ease real and un­der­stand­able,” he said.

“Kids love the de­vice be­cause for the first time they can see in­side their own ears.”

Fortes­cue port and rail gen­eral man­ager Fer­nando Pereira said the com­pany was proud to of­fer sup­port to Ear­bus, who were help­ing to pro­vide pos­i­tive health out­comes for Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.