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Posted on 05 May, 2020

Aboriginal Territorians are 'significantly represented' in disease outbreaks, but not coronavirus

Aboriginal Territorians are 'significantly represented' in disease outbreaks, but not coronavirus

In the Northern Territory, Aboriginal people are often over-represented in the health system — but it's a different story for COVID-19, with official data indicating there have been no Aboriginal coronavirus patients in the NT to date.

And as the Territory slowly starts to ease coronavirus restrictions, Aboriginal health leaders say now is the time to address some of the fundamental gaps in Aboriginal health care exposed during the pandemic.

"Governments need to provide the appropriate financial investment into housing, food security, environmental health issues, water, power and primary health — there is gaping holes in our workforce," Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT chief executive officer John Paterson said.

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