Culture, trauma and COVID-19

Developing a culturally responsive trauma-informed public health emergency response framework for First Nations families and communities during COVID-19

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the social inequities present in our society, and their compounding effects as the health crisis continues. Applying an ‘equity lens’ to the public health response is essential, especially for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples-led strategies are critical to improving the health of these communities and ‘closing the gap’ in health inequities.

Complex trauma, most commonly associated with adverse childhood experiences, is a major root cause of health inequity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are particularly impacted by complex trauma following a legacy of historical trauma, which includes state-sanctioned removal of children from their families.