COVID vaccine information translated into local Martu language

Published on Friday, 22 October 2021 at 12:42:43 PM

Caption: Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service provide health services to Martu and Nyiyaparli people

COVID-19 vaccine advertising resources have been developed by Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS) in the local Martu community language to support the vaccination roll out and counter misinformation that’s causing vaccine hesitancy.

PAMS has engaged with Martu linguists to develop a suite of translated resources to help communicate COVID-19 vaccine health messages and eliminate misconceptions around getting the vaccine.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the crucial need for accessible information, especially in remote and vulnerable communities.

PAMS Chief Executive Officer, Robby Chibawe, said it is important for information to be translated into appropriate languages to support understanding.

“As an Aboriginal Medical Service, providing accurate and timely information is incredibly important,” said Mr Chibawe

“English is often not the first language for many of our community members, therefore information needs to be translated in order to ensure effective communication.” 

Mr Chibawe hopes the resources will help those who are reluctant to learn that it’s safe to get the vaccine and encourage them to get vaccinated.

“To help protect the people in our community, an education campaign is required to encourage people to roll up and that is why we have created in-language resources to increase vaccine take up,” said Mr Chibawe.

“The information is aimed to share accurate information to the community that is tailored to their language and educate them on why they should get vaccinated.” 

To access the COVID-19 vaccination translated resources, visit the PAMS website:

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