PLUM and HATS: Helping to detect children with hearing loss from otitis media
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Children are born ready to learn. How their brain develops is strongly affected by their early experiences with other people and the world around them. There is good evidence on the importance of the first thousand days on lifetime outcomes (Moore et al, 2017). It is also clear that chronic stressors in early childhood can have cumulative lifetime effects on learning and health. Even one chronic condition in early childhood reduces a child’s readiness for school (Bell et al, 2016). Language differences associated with socioeconomic status have been documented as early as 18 months (Fernald et al, 2013). The NSW first 2000 days framework reported that about 42% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are at risk of developmental delay at school entry (NSW Health, 2019).