Relational medicine: Covid, colonialism and fighting the memes of conspiracy in the Northern territory

Relational medicine: Covid, colonialism and fighting the memes of conspiracy in the Northern territory Journal Article

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  • Author(s): Lisa, Stefanoff, Marjorie, Williams
  • Publisher: Arena

Abstract: This spring, while New South Wales was planning family reunions and haircuts, and counting down till it crossed the “70 per cent double dose” line, and Victorian case numbers were still spiking, another, highly anxious, Delta-time story was unfolding across the Northern Territory. The landing of the virus, vaccines and pandemic misinformation in highly disadvantaged, deeply intercultural and enduringly marginalised, colonised country has been presenting unique immunological, informational, logistical and political challenges. Trust has been a casualty of these factors, vaccine suspicion and “complacency” the fallout. But the practice of what I venture here to call “relational medicine” is showing signs of successfully turning things around in remote Central Australian community settings.

Notes: doi: 10.3316/informit.193180978441335

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Lisa, Stefanoff, Marjorie, Williams, , Relational medicine: Covid, colonialism and fighting the memes of conspiracy in the Northern territory, Journal Article, viewed 23 July 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=28359.

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