ENT outreach will be offered by a team, led by an Ear Health educator (nursing or allied health) with an Ear Health clinician (Indigenous Health worker or nursing) to deliver face-to-face consults in remote Indigenous communities. In addition, this service will respond to TeleHealth: Store & Forward requests for review.
This Ear team will be the first port of call for primary health ear concerns (all staff can refer to this team: GPs, nurses, allied health clinicians and Indigenous Health workers). The team will triage ENT referrals, ensuring appropriate pre-review testing is undertaken.
Once reviewed, patients will be triaged for surgery, enabling more accurate (fewer inappropriate referrals) and shorter ENT surgery wait times. Surgery and post op care will be provided at Weipa Hospital reducing travel requirements for the patients and their family.