Local knowledge, community connections critical to COVID-19 response
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge and evolve across the world and in Australia, Aboriginal communities across Western NSW are being seriously confronted, with rising infection rates and no clear blueprint for community-led responses to a crisis of this magnitude.
To meet local community needs in and around Bourke, Maranguka is building its own emergency management response to COVID-19 from scratch, adapting and learning along the way and sharing information so that other communities need not walk alone.
Maranguka, which means ‘caring for others’ in Ngemba language, is guided by the Bourke Tribal Council representing 24 distinct tribes and families living in and around Bourke.
It is a model of Indigenous self-governance which empowers the Bourke community to coordinate the mix and timing of services so that Aboriginal children and families can thrive. We achieve this through an Aboriginal community owned and led, multi-disciplinary team working in partnership with relevant government and non-government agencies, local schools and police to act as a hub for individuals and service providers.
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