The Inequality of COVID-19 - Chapter 6 - COVID-19 communication and Indigenous Australians

Elsevier, The Inequality of COVID-19, Immediate Health Communication, Governance and Response in Four Indigenous Regions, 2022, Pages 177-198
Eric E. Otenyo and Lisa J. Hardy

This chapter is an examination of COVID-19 mitigation process and programs focusing on Indigenous communities of Australia. Australian Aboriginal peoples led the mitigation efforts and are credited for their resilience and discipline in the relatively successful management of the pandemic. Indigenous communities in Australia employed robust ICT and social media platforms for mobilization of communities to promote wellness during the pandemic. Based on numerous compiled public information we describe the governance framework that made it possible for Australia to be one of the best performers in reducing the adverse effects of COVID-19 within Indigenous societies whose general health inequalities remain disadvantaged.