Tuesday 25 May 2021
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer visits Danila Dilba COVID-19 Vaccination Centre
Danila Dilba Health Service hosted Chief Midwifery and Nursing Officer, Professor Alison McMillan yesterday, while visiting their COVID-19 Vaccination Centre in Knuckey St.
Chief Executive Officer Olga Havnen said, “It was a pleasure to meet Professor McMillan and we’re glad to have an opportunity to speak on the complexities of our vaccination rollout in the greater Darwin region, especially with the ever-changing nature of the pandemic across the nation and globally.”
Professor McMillan said that “the role played by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been vital – and is a real success story.”
“It is a testament to the leadership within Indigenous communities, to the professionalism of Indigenous health organisations like Danila Dilba, and indeed to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the country,” she said.
When reflecting on the job ahead, Professor McMillan said “despite our success in responding to the pandemic, we have a way to go – and the key to us getting out the other side is vaccination.
“So … to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people … when it’s your turn to be vaccinated, get the jab. It will be extremely effective at preventing severe illness or death should you contract COVID-19.
“Importantly, when you get vaccinated, you not only protect yourself. You help to protect your family, friends and community.”
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