Vaccination Commitment Welcome

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

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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. 

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