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Otitis Media - Prevention, assessment, and management

CPD Hours



Anatomy and physiology
Community and primary health care
Neonates and paediatrics
Clinical practice and procedures
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Otitis media is an infection of the middle ear.

It has several presentations, the most common being acute otitis media, with or without perforation of the eardrum.

Otitis media is most common in early childhood but can also occur in adults.

This module covers the assessment and management of the various forms of otitis media in the primary care setting.

Where appropriate, the need for different management in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is flagged.

Learning Objective

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between the main forms of otitis media
  • Identify the key features of an assessment for otitis media
  • Explain the management principles of the main forms of otitis media
  • Discuss strategies for the prevention of otitis media
  • Understand why Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients may need a different treatment regime to non-Indigenous patients

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