Coronavirus pandemic identifies lack of First Nations people working in public health....

21st Apr 2020

The Australian Government has announced a new program that will deliver COVID-19 test results within 45 minutes to remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

University of Queensland Professor James Ward, a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander COVID-19 Advisory Group, has had a long involvement in the point-of-care testing program for STIs says that accessible and equitable access to COVID-19 testing is critical.

"Access to testing in communities will be an essential component of the public health response to this pandemic in Australia. This is one part of a range of critical strategies to reduce transmission in our communities."