Boosting vaccination in Bourke


New vaccination nurses at Bourke Aboriginal Corporation Health Service, Margie and Rosalind, with BACHS Health Services Manager, Claire Williams (centre). PHOTO TWH

The race to vaccinate Bourke’s Aboriginal community against COVID-19 has received a boost with the arrival of two new nurses to join the team at Bourke Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service (BACHS).

The extra health workers are the result of collaboration with NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN), NSW’s rural health workforce agency.

Two registered nurses Margie and Rosalind arrived this week and are now working full-time in the BACHS vaccination clinic.

According to BACHS CEO, John Ireland, the arrival couldn’t have come at a better time.

“Our staff have been working around the clock to ensure our community gets vaccinated, but we needed more hands on deck.

“NSW Rural Doctors Network helped us just when we needed it most,” he said.

As COVID-19 cases increase in Western New South Wales, local services are pulling out all stops to support the region’s Aboriginal communities.

Rosalind says she appreciates the dedication of the team at BACHS and hopes her presence will help get more jabs in arms, and that she can offer some much-needed respite to fellow health workers.

RDN CEO, Richard Colbran, said there was a need for long-term respite and recovery for rural health workers once the COVID crisis is over.


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