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Communities of care: COVID-19 in NSW Aboriginal communities

15 June 2021
2.00pm – 3.00pm AEST
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This UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health seminar will present findings from a qualitative interview project conducted with several Aboriginal communities in western Sydney. Interviews were conducted by young people in the community, using peer-led methods and strengths-based approaches to focus on how families and communities have responded to the threat of COVID-19 by drawing on the strengths in communities to care for each other.

Findings will be presented about:

  • COVID-19 vaccine acceptability
  • COVID-19 prevention strategies
  • Impacts of COVID-19 on daily life


Professor Reuben Bolt is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership and Regional Outreach at Charles Darwin University. He is a Chief Investigator on this project and has collaborated with the webinar team on other research projects. He brings expertise on the ethics of engagement with Indigenous communities, identity issues and Indigenous knowledges, and plays a key role in leadership on Indigenous issues on a range of research projects.

Mitchell Beadman is a Gadigal man with ancestral connections to Yuin and Wonnarua countries. Mitchell is currently studying at UNSW and works as a research assistant at UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health.

Kristy Gardner is Kamilaroi Aboriginal woman. She is currently undertaking a masters by research at UNSW and is a research assistant on this project. She has qualifications in social work and sexual health counselling.

Simon Graham is a National Health and Medical Research Council fellow based at the Peter Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne. He is interested in community interventions that prevent poor health outcomes. He is a graduate of a filed Epidemiology training program where he evaluated Australia’s National perinatal surveillance system and investigated a foodborne outbreak in Western Sydney.

Joanne Bryant is an Associate Professor at the UNSW Centre for Social Research. She is a Chief Investigator on this project and leads a series of other ARC-funded research projects focused on sexual health, viral hepatitis and AOD use among young people, including Aboriginal young people. She is a social scientist trained in sociology and epidemiology.


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