Planning for and responding to pandemic influenza emergencies: it’s time to listen to, prioritize and privilege Aboriginal perspectives
Australia’s Indigenous peoples account for 3% of the country’s population yet continue to experience disproportionately higher rates of mortality and hospitalisation for many infectious diseases. The 2009 influenza pandemic had an inequitable impact on Indigenous peoples in Australia, New Zealand, the Americas and the Pacific. Genuine and tangible actions that include Indigenous peoples in the planning and response for pandemic influenza is overdue. This paper identifies some of the strategies to incorporate the perspectives of Australia’s Indigenous peoples in planning and responding to infectious disease emergencies.