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We had:

Rob Pyne
, Cairns Region Councillor as a member of the Socialist Alliance talking about ‘Blackfellows Creek Park’ here in Cairns being renamed ‘Allan and May Oliver / Bana Gindarja Park’ after Traditional Owners had advised the name is no longer considered culturally appropriate. Allan and May Oliver were traditional owners who had strong cultural links to the area and were also very prominent in the local sporting (rugby league) community over a number of decades. The name Bana Gindarja refers to the cassowary, an important cultural totem.

Robby Chibawe, Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS) Chief Executive discussing how they are backing the COVID-19 vaccine ads in Indigenous languages to counter misinformation. PAMS which is located in the East Pilbara region services thousands of Martu and Nyiyaparli people who will be among the early recipients of the vaccine when it rolls out in coming weeks.

Dr Margaret Heffernan O.A.M, Academic and behavioural researcher in the College of Business and Law at RMIT university, with expertise in health behaviours, cross-cultural communication and HPV vaccination implementation in Indigenous and migrant populations commenting on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Dr Heffernan says that the “Government will need to empower these community influencers through intensive education to make sure that they are equipped to answer hesitator concerns.

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