To the Editor: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were more at risk of hospitalisation, admission to intensive care units and death during the 2009 influenza A pandemic than non-Indigenous Australians.1 We conducted a descriptive analysis of our response to the pandemic at Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service (Winnunga) — an Aboriginal community controlled health service in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, which provides comprehensive primary health care to more than 3500 patients per year. Data were sourced from the Winnunga electronic patient record system, pathology laboratories and ACT Health. The Winnunga Board approved this analysis and report for publication.
- 1. Kelly H, Mercer GN, Cheng AC. Quantifying the risk of pandemic influenza in pregnancy and Indigenous people in Australia in 2009. Euro Surveill 2009; 14 (5): pii=19441. http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=19441 (accessed Jan 2010).
- 2. Guest C. Management of suspected cases of H1N1 influenza ’09 in the ACT. Update – 21 July 2009. Canberra: ACT Health, 2009. http://www.actdgp.asn.au/content/Document/July%202009/Letter%20GP%2021%20July%20Final.pdf (accessed Apr 2010).
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