TWO Maddington Aboriginal health workers have graduated from a program that teaches them how to administer vaccinations to children, in the hope of increasing immunisation rates.
Cherylee Ugle and Sue Prosser, based at the Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service in Maddington, were among four graduates from the course.
Ms Prosser said they learned about the theory behind immunisation, including the importance of immunisation and herd immunity and why we need to immunise, as well as practical sessions on doing immunisations.
“I really enjoyed the experience, as the instructors were very good and patient with the group. I left the course confident in my ability to carry out immunisations safely.
“Learning these new skills means that all the graduates from the course are now qualified to immunise the children that come into our clinics, rather than having to make an appointment for them to see a nurse or doctor.
The Aboriginal Health Council of WA launched the training program for Aboriginal Health Workers in partnership with the Communicable Disease Control Directorate at the Department of Health in March 2015.
A report released recently by the Auditor General suggested the program had already contributed to increasing low immunisation rates among Aboriginal children.
Cherylee Ugle, Sue Prosser, Jillian Taylor, Cameron Taylor and trainer James Harris.