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Fix housing and you’ll reduce risks of coronavirus and other disease in remote Indigenous communities

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COVID-19 Indigenous health Indigenous housing Northern Territory Queensland
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Remote Indigenous communities have taken swift and effective action to quarantine residents against the risks of COVID-19. Under a plan developed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group, entry to communities is restricted to essential visitors only. This is important, because crowded and malfunctioning housing in remote Indigenous communities heightens the risk of COVID-19 transmission. High rates of chronic disease mean COVID-19 outbreaks in Indigenous communities may cause high death rates.

The “old story” of housing, crowding and health continues to be overlooked. A partnership between the University of Queensland and Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation, in the Northern Territory’s (NT) Tennant Creek and Barkly region, re-opens this story. A new report titled in Warumungu language as Piliyi Papulu Purrukaj-ji – “Good Housing to Prevent Sickness” reveals the simplicity of the solution: new housing and budgets for repairs and maintenance can improve human health.

Read the whole article at The Conversation.

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