Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza in an urban Aboriginal medical service

Ana Herceg, Peter G Sharp, Christine G Arthur and Julie A Tongs
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (10): 623.

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.

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  • Ana Herceg1
  • Peter G Sharp2
  • Christine G Arthur3
  • Julie A Tongs4

  • Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service, Canberra, ACT.


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