Ngaree Blow, Georgia Radford & Gabrielle Ebsworth – The First Nations Communities COVID-19 Response

Episode 8

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Caroline Kell

Caroline Kell is a proud Mbarbrum women who was born and raised on Kulin Lands. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Blak Wattle Coaching and Consulting. Caroline is a Former Counsellor and Executive Director who is deeply passionate about the social emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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 HospitalIn 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  For Aboriginal specific COVID-19 information, please visit the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

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