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Loneliness affects one in three people in the industrialized world, with racialized groups disproportionately bearing the burden. (Pexels/EricW)

Cancer and loneliness: How inclusion could save lives

Pluralism — the active process of inclusion — could reduce disparities in some of the most pressing health issues of our time.
Crystal Bulumbara, Esther Bulumbara, Claire Smith and Nell Brown. Barunga community, Northern Territory. July 2019. Narritj

Friday essay: voices from the bush – how lockdown affects remote Indigenous communities differently

Researchers report on how COVID-19 is affecting isolated Indigenous communities. Their voices bridge the urban divide, reveal challenges and describe some unexpected bonuses.
Nangala, an Alyawarr woman from Tennant Creek, with her granddaughter, beside her temporary housing. Photo by Trisha Narurla Frank, provided with permission

Fix housing and you’ll reduce risks of coronavirus and other disease in remote Indigenous communities

Reducing crowding and repairing social housing can decrease the risk of COVID-19 in remote Indigenous communities. It will bring other long-term benefits, too.
Regular exercise reduces the risk of obesity and a number of chronic diseases. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Sport can be an important part of Aboriginal culture for women – but many barriers remain

Just one in four Indigenous women play sport or are physically active, with many citing racism, cost and gendered expectations as barriers.
Walpiri Transient Camp, Katherine: Western medicine can’t be expected to work for disadvantaged Indigenous Australians unless housing and social disadvantage are also addressed.

How a rethink of emergency care is closing the gap, one person at a time

A safe home, a working fridge and access to transport are all needed before western medicine has a chance of working in the long term. But a new way of providing care can help.
Rates of resistance to the bacteria commonly known as golden staph are at least double in remote Indigenous communities what they are in Australia’s major cities. Lucy Hughes Jones/AAP

Antibiotic resistance is an even greater challenge in remote Indigenous communities

Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest health challenges of the modern day. It's especially prevalent, and must be acted on, in Australia's remote Indigenous communities.
Coming together with Elders and other community members helped survivors feel connected. It also gave them hope.

‘My mob is telling their story and it makes me feel good’: here’s what Aboriginal survivors of child sexual abuse told us they need

Many Aboriginal survivors of sexual abuse find mainstream counselling inappropriate. But there is a way to help them heal that respects a collective culture, with strong community ties.

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