What needs to be done to slow the spread of coronavirus to remote Aboriginal communities ?

16th Mar 2020

A peak Central Australian based health research body is calling for decisive and urgent action on the prevention of COVID-19 virus spreading to remote Aboriginal communities… and the need to focus on local solutions !

The Central Australia Academic Health Science Network has mirrored last weeks call by Northern Territory Minister for Aboriginal Affairs stressing the urgency of language messages to remote communities as “ a major priority, from the Commonwealth and NT Governments should be the effort in proving accurate and concise information to Aboriginal people—with a strong emphasis given to delivering such information in First Nations languages.”

Executive Director of Researcherenye Wappayalawangka Chips Mackinolty says there is a collective responsibility at all levels of Government and health service delivery to keep people safe and that absolute priority needs to be given to minimising risk and preventing death in communities across Central Australia.

Mr Mackinolty says a major priority is working with Aboriginal communities and supporting the primary health services in both the bush and regional centres.

Listen to Chips Mackinolty here :

More to come.....