Aboriginal Health Workforce Online Training #CoronaVirus News Alert No 58 : May 12 #OurJobProtectOurMob #KeepOurMobSafe : Empowering Aboriginal Health Workers is the key in battle against COVID-19

“The Aboriginal Health Workforce have important cultural knowledge and key relationships in their communities, so they are critical to helping with public health responses such as contact tracing, public health messaging in community, and supporting quarantine and isolation measures.

Empowering Aboriginal Health Workers and Practitioners, who have existing community and cultural knowledge, is key to controlling and managing COVID-19 outbreaks in remote Indigenous communities’

Alyson Wright and the Australian National University, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program and MAE team in Research School of Population Health were responsible for the development of these modules and includes epidemiologists, clinicians and public health researchers.

Originally published HERE

Protecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from COVID-19 requires more than just an understanding of the virus itself.

Empowering Aboriginal Health Workers and Practitioners, who have existing community and cultural knowledge, is key to controlling and managing COVID-19 outbreaks in remote Indigenous communities.

Alyson Wright and a team from RSPH have developed a series of culturally appropriate training in infection control, contract tracing, interview techniques, and the use of personal protective equipment, which are available online.

“We can’t eliminate COVID-19 without a vaccination, but we can reduce the impact of disease by ensuring we have a skilled workforce who can respond quickly to outbreaks and areas of community transmission,” says Wright.

The team have focused on delivering training through online modules due the travel restrictions and border closures associated with COVID-19.

The training modules can be completed for free online at the Australian Government’s Infectious Control Training Platform, and the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW COVID-19 training website.

Hard copies can also be sent to communities on request.

While the training is focused on COVID-19, the skills developed in this training will help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers respond and prevent other outbreaks in future.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program and MAE team in Research School of Population Health were responsible for the development of these modules and includes epidemiologists, clinicians and public health researchers.

Many of the staff are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander epidemiologists or have had experience working in Indigenous Health or in public health in developing countries and low resource settings. This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

You can access additional support material for the training modules here and here.

Enquiries about the training or resources can be sent to atsiph.covid19@anu.edu.au.

Aboriginal Health #CoronaVirus News Alert No 55 : May 6 #COVIDSafe #OurJobProtectOurMob :“Let’s stand as one and continue being strong, our work is not done! Is the COVID-19 Message update from NACCHO CEO Pat Turner

 ” We as a community and a country have responded remarkably in managing the spread of COVID-19!

Our work has been good, but our work is not done, and we need to continue following the rules around COVID-19.

We cannot afford to stop now. Community transmissions can still grow slowly.

We must safeguard ourselves and our people against the spread and continue to keep it away from our friends and families “

“Let’s stand as one and continue being strong, our work is not done!” is the key message from NACCHO CEO Pat Turner to encourage all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to remain steadfast and cautious under relaxed new rules released by the governments.

Pat Turner has been interviewed for NITV-The Point and the story will go on-air tonight, Wednesday 5 May at 8.30 pm

Download this NACCHO Press Release HERE

NACCHO COVID-19 Messaging May 2020

“I’m happy to hear that governments are easing some of the COVID-19 restrictions. But we must be sensible in continuing to follow the right guidelines to avoid any chance of a second wave.

Now we need to keep it all up more than ever.

This is not the point to start relaxing.

“I want to share with everyone that I have downloaded the COVIDSafe app as soon as it was available. I urge everyone with a mobile phone to do the same. It is free and it could well save your life and the lives of your loved ones.

“It is a way to protect your family and the community from further spread of coronavirus.

If you have the app, you will be told as soon as possible if you have been in close contact with someone infected with coronavirus. You can then isolate before developing symptoms, so you don’t pass it on to others. You will be contacted and advised to get tested as soon as possible.

Download HERE

“I urge everyone to continue to keep good hygiene, with washing our hands for at least 20 seconds and drying them thoroughly, physical distancing, coughing in the elbow, and staying home as far as possible apart from any of the essential needs. All the hard work we have done together so far will all be wasted if we do not safeguard now against a second wave.

“I can assure you that by following these measures and being sensible with these new changes, we are protecting ourselves and keeping our people safe through this pandemic together.”