About The Project
Get the Drum on Ear Disease is a series of 8 short videos and audio pieces. It aims to raise awareness of how to avoid the damage that can come from ear disease in early childhood. They are for parents and carers and for health workers supporting them. Two of the episodes are in Pitjantjatjara, with English subtitles.
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Knowledge is Power
Children need good hearing, to feel good about themselves and to learn their culture and language. Kaurna Elder Georgina Williams talks about the importance of looking after children’s ears.
Can You Hear Me?
Thurza Buckskin is a mother and an early childhood worker, Donna Coulthard is a health worker. They tell us what they know about ear disease, and how to avoid it.
Wrong Kind of Deadly
“Garry” is a teenager with good hearing. “Barry” has hearing loss caused by ear infection. This story shows what hearing loss means for an Indigenous young person growing up.
Healthy Children, Healthy Ears
Colds can turn into ear infections, and that can lead to hearing loss. This makes it hard to learn and to make friends, at home and at school. We meet Elsie Amamoo’s family and she talks about the signs to look out for, and ways of looking after young children’s ears.
Deadly Dads, Listen Up
Fathers take care of children too. Garry Goldsmith has hearing loss himself. He tells his own story, we meet his family and he explains what can be done to keep ears strong. His job now is working with Aboriginal communities about ear disease.
Strumming Your Way to Healthy Ears
Music is a really big part of modern Aboriginal culture. You need healthy ears to be part of it. Performing artists Bec Gollan and Caper talk about what the whole community needs to know to avoid ear disease.
Rawa Nintiringanyi means Learning All the Time.
This story is told in Pitjantjatjara, with English subtitles. It follows Karina Lester and her family as she talks about how important hearing is for children to learn, and how to keep their ears strong.
Pina Pika means Sick Ears.
This story is told in Pitjantjatjara, with English subtitles. It tells the signs of ear disease, how to avoid it and how to treat it before it causes hearing loss. It explains why strong ears are important for children. Many of the people from the other 7 episodes are in this video.
Meet the Team
Thanks to all the people who gave their time and made this series possible, including
Elsie Amamoo and family
Garry Goldsmith and Sandra Matthews and family
Caper (Colin Darcy)
Karina Lester and Philip Hughes and family
The students and staff at Warriapendi School
Judith Boswell – Audiologist
Online design and production by Deb Welch and Chris Brunner
Produced at Radio Adelaide 2012/2013