The videos urge residents in remote communities not to put off emergency treatment because of fear of catching Covid-19. They also update the community on the measures staff are taking to limit disease transmission.
Dr John Roe, CareFlight’s Medical Director in the Northern Territory, said: “Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) has reported a 10- to 15-per-cent drop in Emergency Department presentations, which has concerned clinicians in the Top End.
“While the Northern Territory is succeeding in flattening the Covid-19 curve, we understand there is still community concern around the virus. We want the community to know CareFlight’s aeromedical and healthcare services remain fully operational, and our crews are taking precautions to keep the community safe.”
The videos are in Yolngu Matha, Anindilyakwa, Warlpiri, Murrinh-Patha, Kriol, Tiwi, Burrara, Kunwinjku and Maung, as well as English.
“It’s important all Territorians can access this important message, which is why we’ve teamed up with the Aboriginal Interpreter service to ensure the message is inclusive”, said Roe.