The Department of Health has recently announced that it has committed to continuing support for the ongoing Longitudinal Outcomes of Children with Hearing Impairment (LOCHI) for the next five years with a special-purpose grant.
This additional support from the Department of Health will help to fund the creation of a longitudinal study on the impact of otitis media on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children: the beginning of a First Nations LOCHI study. “This strong commitment demonstrates the value that LOCHI insights bring to paediatric hearing health care policy. NAL looks forward to continuing to improve the lives of children with hearing loss in Australia and around the world with insights from its LOCHI program.” – Brent Edwards, Director of NAL.
The LOCHI project is a population-based longitudinal study that prospectively evaluates the development of a group of Australian children with hearing loss as they grow up.
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