The staff at Gilmore Academy in Kwinana, WA have worked closely with local Aboriginal health provider Moorditj Koort to coordinate in-home flu shots for families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The shots were made available to academy members and their families and were administered by staff at Aboriginal Medicare Care 360, a partner of Moorditj Koort.
Gilmore Academy Director Brett Pilling said the initiative had been taken up by several families.
“The in-home flu shots will continue to be promoted around the academy as we prepare for the upcoming flu season,” he said.
“We take the health of the young men very seriously which is why we offer them the opportunity to get a health check every year, and the new initiative is an extension of this. By collaborating with local Aboriginal health services like Moorditj Koort and Aboriginal Medical Care 360, we’re able to foster a stronger relationship between families and their local services so that any health issues can be identified early.”
Moorditj Koort CEO Jonathon Ford said the initiative was vital to keeping the whole community safe.
“It’s really important we vaccinate our children so we can protect our community, particularly our Elders,” he said.
“We are thankful to have the support from Aboriginal Medical Care 360 and the Gilmore Academy.”
The Gilmore Academy has worked closely with Moorditj Koort for the last three years and together they have facilitated 120 health checks for academy members in that time.