In NSW, Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, and other Aboriginal services, have responded rapidly and effectively to the COVID-19 threat by drawing on the strengths in Aboriginal communities to care for and protect each other. This research provides evidence to support community-controlled and other organisations in their responses to COVID-19. It uses an innovative peer-interviewing method to collect information about the strategies that families and communities use to protect themselves and reduce the risks attached to COVID-19, and to assess their health service needs. Using this method, we invite a small group of 6-8 Aboriginal young people to take part in two days of research training after which they recruit and interview five people from their local community (from a variety of age groups) about their experiences and perspectives of COVID-19. We use the ‘third person’ interviewing technique which enables us to document shared views, rather than individual experiences.
The research is taking place in three communities in NSW: the Campbelltown, Cranebrook and Lithgow areas. We are providing research briefs for each research site, which permits localised and context-specific feedback and focussed response planning and implementation. Knowledge exchange activities include small group in-person meetings with local health service providers, webinars, research summaries and other activities as requested by local communities and health service providers. Please see below for the most recent outputs.