New videos to help Aboriginal community through COVID-19

Infectious diseases expert Professor Ramon Shaban speaks to Aboriginal Affairs (Kimberwalli) partnerships officer Renee Thomson about COVID-19.

Aboriginal people can now access specialised COVID-19 advice with a series of eight short videos produced by Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD).

Aboriginal Affairs (Kimberwalli) partnerships officer Renee Thomson hosts the videos as she interviews Professor Ramon Shaban, WSLHD Infection Prevention and Disease Control clinical chair.

Renee said she thinks it’s important for Aboriginal people to understand the impact this disease could have on vulnerable community members.

“My main concern is protecting our elders and keeping them safe as they are our leaders and knowledge keepers,” Renee said.

“That’s why it’s really important to have a clear, concise message for the Aboriginal community about the impact of COVID-19 and how we can keep ourselves and each other safe.”

Renee said it’s also important for people to find ways to safely care for each other with the current physical distancing rules in place.

“Aboriginal people are the most resilient people on earth. My message to everyone is you are loved, you are supported and you will get through this time.”

Check out the videos on YouTube here.