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Frontline doctors prepare for ‘death and suffering’ when coronavirus hits Indigenous communities

Posted on April 2, 2020

With large parts of Aboriginal Australia in lockdown, health workers are preparing for the arrival of Covid-19 in communities that have the poorest health in the nation and very few of the essentials to stop the virus getting out of control.

“There is a sense of quiet before the storm,” the chief executive of the Western Desert dialysis service, Sarah Brown, said this week. The service, better known as the Purple House, runs dialysis clinics in 18 remote communities across a vast area of central Australia.

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