The Immunisation Alliance of WA would like to pay our respects
to the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Noongar people and
their contribution to the development of these resources.
Immunising Your Koolungars
Rebecca Cox, Aboriginal Resource Project Officer for the
Immunisation Alliance of WA is pleased to announce the launch of
the newest Alliance resource developed specifically for Aboriginal
Families. Last year over 18% of 12 - 15 month old Aboriginal
children were not fully vaccinated, and 10% of 24 - 27 months old
had incomplete vaccination schedules.
After extensive community consultation with Aboriginal
people living in Noongar Country south of Perth, Bec has put
together a matching set of pamphlets, fridge magnets and posters to
raise awareness of immunisation schedules, and encourage families
to remember the time frames for various immunisations.
Some Aboriginal initiatives from other well-intentioned projects
have included the use of artwork and resources designed and
developed in the Northern Territory or Queensland. Attendees at the
launch were excited that the community has chosen to use local up
and coming artist Bernie Narkle, and pleased about the community
engagement that speaks to local families because it is by local
families. Local input is a crucial part of the process of
social education and change. Printing, graphic design, and
development have all included a local focus.
Artwork for the resource has been provided by Bernie Narkle, who
explains "In Aboriginal paintings the "U" shaped figures represent
people sitting. The dotted circles represent a camp fire or
waterhole. Footprints represent tracks or travelling. In this
artwork, the four dotted circles in each corner represent homes of
families, the footprints represent the men and women coming
together to form a protective circle around the children. The
smaller "U" shapes are the children inside the protective circle
around the circle of adults. The centre circle represent Aboriginal
Immunisation Western Australia."
You can order copies of the fridge magnet, flyer or posters
through our order form.
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