Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) in New South Wales (NSW) are delivering action and leadership for their communities by providing services to their community and surrounding areas.
Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (AWAHS) continues to work tirelessly in delivering community vaccination clinics across their footprint since March 2021 whereby they have successfully given 1878 (1603 Pfizer and 275 AstraZeneca) vaccines doses to community members. Although the vaccination rates are increasing, the Albury Local Government Area COVID-19 cases continue to rise with a significant proportion of those being amongst people aged 12-24.
‘’With the current outbreak in Albury and surrounding areas, we urge community to ensure that they are taking precautionary measures to stay COVID-19 safe. In response to the increase of COVID-19 positive cases, local exposure sites and recognised need within our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, AWAHS have implemented a pop-up testing/swabbing clinic in Glenroy as of yesterday, Monday 25th October until Friday 5th November’’, David Noonan, CEO of AWAHS.
‘’The AH&MRC are incredibly proud of its member services and the tireless work that each of them is doing. COVID vaccination and COVID testing fatigue is real, but each member service continues to persevere and provide their communities with safe and culturally appropriate care. It is important for community to remember that even whilst being fully vaccinated, there is still opportunity for the virus to spread. This is why it is important that all mob step forward and receive the vaccination as it lessens the symptoms and impact, more so then it would unvaccinated people, said Robert Skeen, CEO of AH&MRC.
The AH&MRC is the Peak Body for Aboriginal Health in NSW. We represent the views and interests of 47 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations.