WESTERN FORCE & EARBUS FOUNDATION
Boots for a Cause
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.
Through the Earbus outreach program our dedicated clinical team visit up to 65 locations in regional WA treating thousands of Aboriginal and at-risk children. With a fleet of Earbuses our goal is to eradicate the impacts of hearing loss and Otitis Media so that every young person can reach their full potential through listening and learning.
The Pilbara Earbus visits urban communities and playgroups in Hedland as well as remote communities of Strelley, Warralong and Yandeyarra in partnership with Wirrkaka Maya Aboriginal Health Service. The Pilbara Earbus program reaches as far as Marble Bar and Nullagine.
In the Goldfields about 600km east of Perth, the Earbus visits remote communities of Menzies, Leonora and Laverton as well as Kalgoorlie-Boulder and surrounding towns on a monthly basis. Earbus works in partnership with Bega Garnbirringu Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS).
With support from Ian Potter Foundation, Alcoa, MZI Resources and Stan Perron Charitable Trust we work in partnership withSouth West Aboriginal Medical Services (SWAMS) to provide a complete treatment pathway including Screening and Surveillance, Hearing Tests, GP and ENT consults.
Our Latest program launched in May 2018. The Kimberley program sees resident staff stationed in Kununurra providing services across the East Kimberley and into the east Fitzroy Valley. The on-the-ground team is supported by specialist clinical visits from Perth every month.
It is estimated that 2 babies per 1000 born are born with a moderate to profound hearing loss in one or both ears. Newborn Hearing Screening Program is part of the National Neonatal Hearing Screening Framework and works to detect and treat early hearing loss.
From Perth to the regions, be informed of all our latest endeavours and stories, meet our newest team members and business partners, learn about our obstacles and how we plan to overcome them, here, on the Earbus Foundation blog.