The IAWA are currently in the process of developing a puppet project to provide scientific education to children and parents regarding immunisation. We have puppets developed and audio recorded and are just putting together the finishing touches of this exciting project. If you would like to volunteer and get involved please send us a message. Also, if you belong to a school, playgroup, or other community group and would like us to bring the puppet show to you we’d love to hear from you too.
Beat the Bugs Book
Beat the Bugs is a children’s book written by Sarah Brazier, illustrated by Andrew Hopgood and designed by Pom Kimber.
The colourful story describes the processes involved in immunisation for young children and provides a handy glossary of complex terms for the adults. The book educates as well as engages with a child’s natural curiosity about a complex issue. This book is an excellent opportunity to spend quality time educating your child about a crucial aspect of child health, and possibly learning something new. Your child will enjoy learning about their amazing bodies and how their vaccines protect them, beat the bugs, and keep them fit for play.
The IAWA have copies of Beat the Bugs available for free upon request. We have already provided numerous books to parents, day care centres, doctors surgeries, and other community groups. Please submit a request by using the Contact Us form on the website.
Aboriginal Children Immunisation Resource Project
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.”
I Immunise Campaign
Fremantle Parents Proud to Support Vaccination
I Immunise is the project of Katie Attwell. As Project officer, she has designed and developed the idea of this project with the help of Immunisation Alliance volunteers, and has recently produced the advertisement campaign known as “I Immunise.”
The campaign is based on values rather than science, and is designed to provoke discussion in a safe and supportive environment. From personal experience, Katie understands that unintended silencing in her own community can have a devastating and personal effect.
Justine, Andrew, Leela, Rachael, and Renée are also stars of the campaign, with their faces appearing on bill boards, posters, websites and news articles during the intensive media blitz. They all identify in some was as having an alternative lifestyle, but the one thing they have in common is sn understanding and trust in modern vaccines.
Each of their stories highlights the ways in which immunisation is crucial to our community’s health as well as our individual family’s health, and shows different ways that they have come to develop their stances.
We are also happy to help support any one who wishes to run a similar campaign promoting vaccination within their community. We can give hints and tips or discuss intellectual property with you. For more information, or to get access to some of the posters, please click here and email us your information. If you live outside of Western Australia, we are still happy to send you posters but you will need to pay postage and packaging, dependant on your location.