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COVID-19 and Indigenous health

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people living in remote communities are at greater risk from COVID-19. This is because:

  • there are higher rates of other health issues in these communities
  • it can be harder to access health care
  • people in the community are very mobile and travel often
  • people often rely more on outreach services in remote places

It is critical that dialysis patients continue to receive their treatment as normal. Dialysis centers will be able to help with transport options if need be. Transplanted people should also continue with their usual medication unless otherwise directed by their kidney doctor.

Below is a great video by Bernadette Trench-Thiedeman in collaboration with Nirrumbuk Environmental Health and Services (Pty Ltd) Chris Griffiths and Alana Hunt and Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services which explains coronavirus and how to stay safe.

Kimberley Coronavirus Animation

Helpful websites on COVID-19 for indigenous communities

Keeping your kidneys healthy

People who become infected with coronavirus should have their kidney function monitored during the infection as protein in the urine (proteinuria) and acute kidney injury (AKI) can occur with coronavirus.

It is especially important the moment to keep kidneys healthy to help prevent kidney injury. Access our Indigenous specific resources here.