Pneumococcus in aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: The role of aboriginal health workers and implications for nursing practice

Hiba Deek, Penelope Abbott, Louise Moore, Joyce Davison, Sonya Cameron, Michelle DiGiacomo, Sarah J. McGrath, Tessa Dharmendra, Patricia M. Davidson

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-58
Number of pages5
JournalContemporary Nurse
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aboriginal and torres strait islander peoples
  • Aboriginal health
  • Indigenous australians
  • Pneumococcus
  • Social determinants of health
  • Vulnerable population

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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