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Webcast to focus on Indigenous perspectives of COVID-19

Stephen, Michaela and Rosemary
Dr Michaela Spencer (centre) pictured with Stephen Dhamarrandji and Rosemary Gundjarranbuy earlier this year. Dr Spencer will be joined by Stephen Dhamarrandji and Rosemary Gundjarranbuy, as well as Senior Lecturers Gawura Wanambi, Joy Bulkanhawuy and Yasunori Hayashi in the final Don't Panic webcast this Thursday.

The Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University will host its final Don’t Panic webcast this week, focusing on emergency management from an Indigenous perspective.

CDU Post-Doctoral Researcher Dr Michaela Spencer said the online presentation would include Indigenous experiences of disasters and stories relating to COVID-19 and its impacts in East Arnhem Land.

“Yolŋu researchers in Arnhem Land have worked collaboratively with CDU on disaster resilience and emergency management for many years,” Dr Spencer said.

“Our panel of experts have a unique perspective on the way that emergencies are enacted within biomedical and traditional practices, as well as new forms of collective organisation emerging around disaster response.”

During Thursday’s webcast Dr Spencer will be joined by Senior Lecturers Gawura Wanambi and Joy Bulkanhawuy, together with Researchers Rosemary Gundjarranbuy, Stephen Dhamarrandji and Yasunori Hayashi.

The month-long Don’t Panic webcast series has aimed to provide information to the public about disaster and emergency experiences and management.

For more information or to tune into Thursday’s webcast at 10.30am, visit

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