Vaccination Commitment Welcome

Labor welcomes the decision to provide free seasonal influenza vaccinations this winter to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.


This preventative health measure will help ensure that at-risk Indigenous children, who are five times more likely to die from the flu than non-Indigenous children, can avoid the health complications that can result from the flu.

Labor now calls on the minister to go further and reverse the $165 million cuts to Indigenous health programs from last year’s budget.

The Minister has just five weeks to ensure that the funds and the programs are in place to provide a fighting chance of meeting the Closing The Gap targets.