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Contemp Nurse. 2013 Dec;46(1):54-8. doi: 10.5172/conu.2013.46.1.54.

Pneumococcus in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: the role of Aboriginal health workers and implications for nursing practice.

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  • 1American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, 2. University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Pneumonia is a common cause of hospitalization in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women.

AIM:

This article seeks to describe the importance of immunizing against pneumonia in Aboriginal Australians and suggest strategies for screening and follow-up.

METHOD:

An integrative literature review, using both published and gray literature was undertaken to identify methods of screening and surveillance strategies for pneumococcus.

RESULTS:

The literature was summarized under the following themes: Pneumococcal disease; prevention strategies; access to care; improving access to vaccinations; culturally competent interventions and the role of Aboriginal health professionals.

CONCLUSION:

Community controlled conditions and the role of the Aboriginal Health Workers are seen as critical to reducing health disparities. Nurses can play a critical role in bridging the gap between mainstream and community controlled organizations. Working to increase the numbers of Aboriginal health professionals is a critical step in improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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24716762
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