Workers to learn how to give vaccines
A program to train Aboriginal Health Workers to deliver immunisations in their own areas has expanded into Roebourne.
Mawarnkarra Health Service practitioners will be trained by the Aboriginal Health Council of WA from next month.
It is part of the second rollout stage of the immunisation training program, which is already in place in some regional towns.
Mawarnkarra business development manager Monique Wheatley said the service was proud to be part of the program.
“The staff at Mawarnkarra Health Service know how important it is to be able to offer services like immunisations when clients come to visit or when on outreach,” she said.
“While the current immunisation rates are very high for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, having more staff qualified to provide immunisations and educate on their importance means we ensure that we have someone available for immunisation and education.”
She said there was high local demand for immunisations, with about a quarter of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents in the City of Karratha aged under 11.
AHCWA chairwoman Michelle Nelson-Cox said the program had helped boost immunisation rates among Aboriginal children.
“Until this program was launched, only nurses and doctors were authorised to carry out immunisations,” she said.