Aboriginal health workers look to increase Aboriginal immunisation rates.

21st Apr 2017

South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS) Aboriginal health workers Tammy Mcgrath and Talicia Jetta are the latest graduates of a two week training course on immunisation.

The Program launched by AHCWA the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia alongside the Department of Health in March 2015, teaches those involved to administer and provide families information on vaccinations.

Michelle Nelson-Cox Chairperson of AHCWA acknowledged the achievements of the program in improving immunisation rates of Aboriginal people.

When asked why she wanted to take part in the training Talicia Jetta said she felt very strongly about Aboriginal health and wanted to assist community members further.

Senior Aboriginal Health Practitioner at SWAMS Tammy McGrath said having Aboriginal health workers trained to administer vaccinations is important due to their closer relationship with community members.