Aboriginal Health Workers are ready to immunise!

Aboriginal Health Workers are ready to immunise!

Lorraine Hansen, Roslyn Yarran, Joanna Clinch, Wendy Skellern are now certified immunisation providers

Lorraine Hansen, Roslyn Yarran, Joanna Clinch, Wendy Skellern are now certified immunisation providers.

Congratulations to Lorraine Hansen, Roslyn Yarran, Joanna Clinch, Wendy Skellern and Gail Yarran (not pictured) who are now certified immunisation providers after completing a pilot Aboriginal Health Worker immunisation course.

Aboriginal communities report significantly higher rates of vaccine-preventable disease than non-Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, and a lower 83.1 per cent child immunisation rate compared to the state rate of 91.2 per cent. WA Health’s Communicable Disease Control Directorate, with support from the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia, designed and implemented the course to encourage more Aboriginal Health Workers to be trained to administer immunisations.

WA Health’s Public Health Physician, Paul Effler explains, “This approach is part of our focus on ‘closing the gap’ in immunisation rates between Aboriginal communities and the general population. Our goal is to raise Aboriginal immunisation rates and contribute to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal communities across the state.”

The five successful Aboriginal Health Workers were awarded their certificates for successful completion of the course in October. They are currently working in the community controlled health sector.

For more information about the Aboriginal Health Worker immunisation course, contact palee.kaur@health.wa.gov.au.