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Immunisation – Indigenous


Influenza vaccination 2022


Order Flu posters for your practice!

  • Order ID IT0321 Let’s keep our mob safe from flu – poster for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

You can order these resources by contacting National Mailing and Marketing:


Indigenous Vaccination recommendations

COVID-19 vaccination
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Aboriginal Identification

To sensitively approach the issue of obtaining Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander eligibility status for the COVID-19 vaccination program, health care practitioners should ask the question of all patients: “Are you of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin?” The question should be placed in the context of diverse backgrounds.

This question should be asked of all patients irrespective of appearance, country of birth, or whether you personally know the patient or their family background. Asking the question of each patient provides consistency within and between practices and at a local and national level.


Scenario

Question: 

“Are you of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin”?

Answer: 

Answers provided by patient could be:

  • No
  • Yes – Aboriginal
  • Yes – Torres Strait Islander
  • Yes – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander


Documentation

The answer should be accepted and documented on the patient record.


National Immunisation Program

Meningococcal B (Bexsero)

NCIRS | Conversations about meningococcal B vaccination. The document was developed for healthcare providers to address a range of questions including:

  • Why is MenB vaccine (Bexsero) funded for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children under the age of 2 years?
  • Are other people eligible for the funded MenB vaccine and why?
  • Which age groups can receive the funded MenB vaccine?
  • When and how many MenB vaccine (Bexsero) doses are needed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children?
  • Do children need paracetamol with every dose of Bexsero?
  • Can Bexsero be given with other vaccines?

Recommended vaccines (including non-funded)
  • NCIRS | Recommended vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • DOH | Vaccination for health ageing (50 years and over) 

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