For First Nations people, coronavirus has meant fewer services, separated families and over-policing: new report

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The risk of transmission of COVID-19 in prisons has been a concern requiring immediate action across the country. A new report by Change the Record Coalition makes clear the treatment of First Australians during the COVID-19 outbreak is not the same as for non-Indigenous Australians.

First Nations people are particularly at risk of infection, due to:

  • the overcrowding in prisons

  • lack of sanitation and hygiene (as identified by the Supreme Court of Victoria)

  • systemic racism and discrimination in the provision of health care in prisons

  • chronic health issues of First Nations people.

Read the full article at The Conversation.

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