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.


GTD Ep1: Knowledge is Power

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.


GTD Ep2: Can you hear me?

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.


GTD Ep3: Wrong kind of deadly

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.


GTD Ep4: Healthy Children Healthy 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.


GTD Ep5: Deadly Dads Listen Up

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.


GTD Ep6: Strumming Your Way to Ear Health

Rawa Nintiringanyi

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.


GTD Ep7: Rawa Nintiringanyi

Pina Pika

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.


GTD Ep 8: Pina Pika


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have the highest rates of middle ear disease in the world. If it is not treated this can lead to permanent hearing loss.
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Meet the Team


Thanks to all the people who gave their time and made this series possible, including

Georgina Williams

Thurza Buckskin

Donna Coulthard

Elsie Amamoo and family

Garry Goldsmith and Sandra Matthews and family

Bec Gollan

Caper (Colin Darcy)

Karina Lester and Philip Hughes and family

Rose Lester

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