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Indigenous workers learn to administer vaccines

In a first for Western Australia, four Hedland-based indigenous health workers have been trained to administer vaccinations. The Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation health workers and practitioners completed two weeks of training facilitated by the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia earlier this month. Launching the course last month, AHCWA chairwoman Michelle Nelson-Cox said the program was developed in partnership with the Department of Health's Communicable Disease Control Directorate as part of a push to increase immunisation rates in Aboriginal children. She said the current rates were about 5 per cent lower than the general population. "WA has the lowest immu

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