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Reducing the risk of pandemic influenza in Aboriginal communities

  • Year: 2009
  • Author: Massey, Peter D; Pearce, Glenn; Taylor, Kylie A; Orcher, Lisa; Saggers, Sherry; Durrheim, David N
  • Journal Name: Rural and Remote Health
  • Journal Number: Vol.9, No.3
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: New South Wales

Aboriginal people are particularly vulnerable to pandemic influenza A, H1N109. This article describes the process and findings from preliminary community consultations into reducing influenza risk, including pandemic H1N1(09) swine influenza, in Aboriginal communities in the Hunter New England area of northern New South Wales, Australia. Consultation was conducted with 6 Aboriginal communities in response to the rapidly evolving pandemic and was designed to further develop shared understanding between health services and Aboriginal communities about appropriate and culturally safe ways to reduce the influenza risk in communities. Measures to reduce the risk of influenza in communities must be developed with the communities to maximise their acceptance. The process of engagement and ongoing respectful negotiations with communities is critical to developing culturally appropriate pandemic mitigation and management strategies.

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