Welcome to the second in a series of #CommunityMatters broadcasts by Dr Janine Mohamed, Chair of Croakey Health Media.
The broadcast discusses this article by Professor James Ward on the many actions underway to protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities from the novel coronavirus.
It also covers a recent warning from the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) that the pandemic response must not lead to more Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system, or more Aboriginal children being removed from their families and culture.
VALS also called for greater efforts to ensure that Aboriginal people in the criminal, youth justice and child protection systems are not disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
Dr Janine Mohamed also talks with Victorian Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, Justin Mohamed, about a recent Victorian Government funding announcement to help address pandemic concerns for children.
And she announces a new Croakey project investigating the health issues for prisoners during the pandemic, thanks to a grant from the Judith Nielson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.