National Talkblack 200921

National Talkblack 200921

We had:

Vanessa Lee Ahmat, Social epidemiologist who specialises in Indigenous health, talking about what’s behind COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Indigenous communities? Vaccine hesitancy isn’t exclusive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, but factors like traumatic historical events, barriers to access and supply, and misinformation, have turned a tool of protection into a tool of fear. Dr Lee-Ahmat said official health messaging from the government could have helped debunk these myths and bridge the information gap sooner. “You need to address fear rather than create fear, and the government’s going out of its way to create fear, rather than address it,” she said.

Nicole Peyton-Smith, Indigenous Lawyer from knowmore, talking about what knowmore is all about and what they do.

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