Work­ers to learn how to give vac­cines

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Perera

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.

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