NACCHO Aboriginal Health and #CoronaVirus News Alert No 20 #KeepOurMobSafe : Contributions from Dr Kalinda Griffiths, Dr Kris Rallah-Baker. Anyinginyi ACCHO ,@AIDAAustralia @ahmrc @TheAHCWA @SenatorDodson @CAACongress Dr Mark Wenitong @WWeno7

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1.“ Coronavirus could have a “devastating” impact on remote communities “ Dr Kalinda Griffiths – a Yawuru woman and epidemiologist.

2.Indigenous doctors warn that COVID-19 racism will cost lives

3.We should have learned from past epidemics that the only way through this crisis is together :     Dr Kris Rallah-Baker.

4. UQ partners with Aboriginal health clinic to expose urgent needs for health housing to prevent coronavirus transmission.

5.AHMRC establishes COVID-19 for its NSW ACCHO Members. Plus Self Care Toolkit

6.AHCWA establishes COVID-19 for its WA ACCHO Members.

7.WA Communities are now closed.

8.Central Australian mob encouraged not to go to funerals or sorry camps

9.Dr Mark Wenitong daily COVID-19 : Message to ATSI Health Workers.

10. How long does COVID-19 last on surfaces.

See NACCHO Corona Virus Home Page

Read all 20 NACCHO Aboriginal Health and Coronas Virus Alerts HERE

1.Coronavirus could have a “devastating” impact on remote communities says Dr Kalinda Griffiths – a Yawuru woman and epidemiologist

“ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander remote communities could see significant and devastating impacts if an outbreak occurs in these areas.

This is due to several factors, including higher rates of chronic conditions in communities, living arrangements and limited access to health care.

We’re talking about people grappling with different environmental and living arrangements than other regions.

We are speaking about people who may be living in overcrowded houses or places where there might be communal approaches to living just generally.”

This means that disease transmission, within these communities, would likely be quicker and more widespread.

Coupled with underlying high rates of other health issues, including comorbidities, and reduced access to sufficient medical care, remote Aboriginal communities are vulnerable to COVID-19.

If you are in a remote community with a very limited clinical staff, questions arise as to the capabilities and services available in the event an outbreak occurs – so there need to be resources available in these instances.”

For UNSW Scientia Fellow Dr Kalinda Griffiths – a Yawuru woman and epidemiologist at the UNSW Centre for Big Data Research – this has brought into focus the critical role data plays in health, not just with the COVID-19 pandemic, “but also for other health issues, and particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities”.

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2.Indigenous doctors warn that COVID-19 racism will cost lives

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3.We should have learned from past epidemics that the only way through this crisis is together :Dr Kris Rallah-Baker.

 ” This is just the beginning of the crisis and we need to get through this together; Covid-19 has no regard for colour or creed. We risk losing more holders of the world’s oldest living culture, again. Probably time to give our First Nations a fair go, what do you think, Australia? “

Dr Kris Rallah-Baker B. Med, FRANZCO is a proud Yuggera/Warangu man, president of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association and Australia’s first Indigenous ophthalmologist

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4. UQ partners with Aboriginal health clinic to expose urgent needs for health housing to prevent coronavirus transmission.

Read more HERE

5.AHMRC establishes COVID-19 for its NSW ACCHO Members.

Read more HERE

Or Download the Selfcare Tool Kit

6.AHCWA establishes COVID-19 for its WA ACCHO Members.

The Aboriginal Health Council WA COVID-19 Response Toolkit is a framework for Aboriginal Medical Services & Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to ensure they are in the best position to deal with an outbreak of Coronavirus in their community

Read more HERE

7.WA Communities are now closed.

 

Read more HERE

8.Central Australian mob encouraged not to go to funerals or sorry camps

Read more HERE

9.Dr Mark Wenitong daily COVID-19 : Message to ATSI Health Workers

Message to ATSI Health Workers “I know this is a really hard time, I know you feel isolated and maybe even a little overwhelmed by this kind of pandemic that’s happening…we do acknowledge you, we do see what you do.”

Dr Mark Wenitong.

 

10. How long does COVID-19 last on surfaces.

 

 

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