- COVID-19 outbreak in Cherbourg defies odds
- Concerns overcrowding escalating outbreaks
- Helping mob to stop vaping webinar
- NPS MedicineWise seeks consumer rep
- Indigenous art to promote oral health
- HOT NORTH Antimicrobial Academy course
- Art competition closing date extended
- New process for job advertising
Note: image in feature tile by Jon Daley, ABC Southern Queensland.
COVID-19 outbreak in Cherbourg defies odds
The Aboriginal town of Cherbourg, 250 kilometres north-west of Brisbane, is seemingly defying the odds against the highly contagious Omicron variant. When the first case of the virus was detected on 29 December 2021, authorities feared a rapid spread and high numbers of hospitalisations due to the vulnerable population and comparatively low vaccination rates.
Almost a month later, just two people have been hospitalised and both have since recovered. The daily case numbers in the town are also already slowing. Cherbourg Aboriginal Community Council chief executive Chatur Zala said the town seems to have dodged a bullet. “We have managed the situation very well, which could have gone very badly,” he said.
To read the ABC News article in full click here
Concerns overcrowding escalating outbreaks
Mayors representing Far North Queensland’s Indigenous communities have raised concerns that overcrowded housing has fuelled COVID outbreaks.
Australia’s biggest Indigenous community, Yarrabah, has amassed about 270 cases in less than a fortnight and 160 households are in quarantine. Some Yarrabah houses are home to as many as 20 people from up to three family groups.
Further north across Cape York and the Torres Strait there are 280 active cases and reports of families testing positive in homes shared with as many as a dozen adults.
North Peninsula Area Regional Council Mayor Patricia Yusia is pleading with visitors to test negative before arriving because of a shortage of quarantine space if they test positive while in the region.
To read the ABC News article in full click here.
Helping mob to stop vaping webinar
NACCHO is again partnering with the TGA and RACGP to deliver a follow-up webinar on the legislative changes affecting access to nicotine vaping products and what the changes might mean for our communities and ACCHOs.
Professor Renee Bittoun from the University of Notre Dame and Avondale University, together with Ms Alice Nugent, ACCHO pharmacist and member of the NACCHO Medicines Advisory Team, will present:
- An approach to vaping cessation and supporting clients who are dual users
- Key issues related to vaping in young people including NRT options to consider
- Validated tools and resources available for assessment and cessation support
The webinar will conclude with a 20-minute Q&A session.
This event attracts 2 CPD points.
The webinar will be held from 12:30–1:30PM (AEDT) on Thursday 27 January 2022. You can register your interest via this link.
If you have any specific questions about vaping you’d like addressed at this webinar please forward them to this email address.
NPS MedicineWise seeks consumer rep
NPS MedicineWise is an independent and not-for-profit organisation. Our mission is to achieve better health outcomes for all Australians by promoting safe and wise use of medicines and medical tests.
NPS MedicineWise is looking for a consumer representative to join their Clinical Intervention Advisory Group (CIAG). The CIAG helps select, design, deliver and review NPS MedicineWise programs, resources and services for health professionals and consumers.
The Group currently consists of 15 members, including consumer representatives, health professional representatives, researchers and representatives from stakeholder organisations.
For more information please see the Terms of Reference (which can be found in the application form). You can also email Raelene Simpson here or Rawa Osman here. To apply, please complete the application form here. Applications close Tuesday 1 February 2022.
Indigenous art to promote oral health
As part of an overall commitment to improving the oral health of all Australians, the Australian Dental Association is expanding the range of oral health resources available to assist health professionals, which includes culturally appropriate oral health resources for First Nations peoples for which original Indigenous artwork has been commissioned.
The artwork (below), which is being used on the the new Indigenous Oral health web page, will assist in the development and promotion of First Nations oral health resources, which it is planned will expand in range over 2022 as the ADA works with dental and non-dental organisations to create material that can be used in dental and medical practices.
The artwork was created by professional illustrator and animator Ty Waigana, a proud Noongar and Saibaigal (Torres Strait) man, who was the NAIDOC poster artist for 2020 and is currently exhibiting at the Art Gallery of WA. The artist has also worked on projects for Australian National University, Australian Electoral Commission and the Queensland Child and Family Commission.
You can read the ADA article on a new Indigenous artwork designed to assist in the development and promotion of First Nations oral health resources here.
HOT NORTH Antimicrobial Academy course
The HOT NORTH Antimicrobial Academy is a 9-month program for 12 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander health care workers (pharmacists, doctors, nurses or Aboriginal Health Practitioners embedded in clinical care in the north) interested in upskilling in antibiotic use, audit, stewardship, surveillance, and resistance.
Candidate nominations to participate will come from interested health care organisations who support the candidate to develop skills and implement change in their organisation.
The training will include skills in how to:
- Perform antimicrobial stewardship audits;
- Use surveillance skills to collect, understand and utilise antimicrobial resistance data;
- Advocated for antibiotic resistance issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to policy makers and the National AMR Strategy.
Art competition closing date extended
The caring@home Indigenous Art Competition closing date has been extended to Friday 25 February 2022. All other details of the competition remain the same as previously advertised.
New process for job advertising
NACCHO have introduced a new system for the advertising of job adverts via the NACCHO website and you can find the sector job listings here.
Click here to go to the NACCHO website where you can complete a form with job vacancy details – it will then be approved for posting and go live on the NACCHO website.