Yarning Up - Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities COVID-19 Response
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As Victoria grapples with its third COVID-19 wave, and some of the toughest and longest lockdowns in the world. Caroline has an incredibly candid conversation with three Aboriginal health workers. Workers who continue to play a key role in the COVID-19 response, supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities:  

  • Gabrielle Ebsworth Wangkumara and Barkindji - Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer at Royal Melbourne Hospital and Indigenous Research & Engagement Officer, Australian Stroke Alliance.
  • Dr Ngaree Blow - Yorta-Yorta, Noonuccal and Goreng-Goreng - Director of First Nations Health at Melbourne University and Medical Lead of COVID-19 at Department of Health; and 
  • Georgia Radford - Ngarrindjeri - Practice Nurse First Peoples Health and Wellbeing and Emergency and Operative Theatre at Royal Women’s Hospital

In this episode, they discuss vaccination effectiveness and debunk COVID-19 myths. They also detail their experience working in the frontline; in a vaccination clinic and hospital ward. Finally, they discuss some of their toughest times in since the pandemic began, the importance of self-care and seeking help, to help manage burnout. 

To keep up with the latest COVID-19 information visit the Department of Health and Human Services https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.  For Aboriginal specific COVID-19 information, please visit the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation https://www.vaccho.org.au.







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