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Review of Australia’s Health Sector Response to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009: Lessons Identified

Chapter 10: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

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Key Findings

  • Indigenous Australians were found to be more vulnerable than the general Australian population to severe outcomes from the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus.
  • An appendix to the PROTECT Annex was developed to address issues specific to Indigenous Australians.
  • Consideration should be given to maintaining an Indigenous Flu Network or similar forum to inform future planning and ensure a nationally coordinated response for Indigenous Australians.
Text box 10: Indigenous Australians guidance from AHMPPI 2008

Objectives
  • Operational objective 2: Minimise transmission.
    • 2.3 Slow the spread in the community.
    • 2.4 Vaccinate the population to protect individuals and control the pandemic.
  • Operational objective 3: Optimise the health system to reduce mortality and morbidity.
    • 3.2 Establish and maintain influenza-specific services.
Purpose
  • Slow the spread of disease in the community and minimise the number of people affected by the disease.
  • Vaccinate the population to protect individuals and control the pandemic
Governance
  • The health sector is responsible for decision making on Indigenous health issues.

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This information was issued on October, 2011


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