Im­mu­ni­sa­tion eas­ier

Comment News (Gosnells) - - State Election '17 -

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.

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