The report by Indigenous advocacy group the National Commission on the Status of Women has found that the Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been “systematic and widespread” and has resulted in an increase in violence and sexual assault against Indigenous Australians.
The commission says the Government has also failed to adequately support women and girls in remote communities, and has also been slow to respond to Indigenous communities’ complaints of harassment and violence.
The report comes as the Government prepares to release its long-awaited response to coronaviolosis, which will be released at a press conference in Canberra on Thursday.
“The Government’s lack of commitment to addressing the root causes of this pandemic is unacceptable,” the report says.
“It is also indicative of the Government still failing to address the systemic and widespread nature of the pandemic and its effects on Indigenous communities.”
The Government is expected to outline a number of initiatives it will roll out to address systemic and pervasive issues with the coronas.
The Government will also release a “plan for tackling the coronave, including an Indigenous-led plan” that will include more funding for community-led response teams, the release of “preventive measures to protect Aboriginal women and children from coronavoliosis” and more resources for Indigenous health professionals.
The government will also look at a plan to provide support to Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people in remote areas of Australia and a new report is expected in the next 12 months to examine how Indigenous and local governments are helping Indigenous people.
The national response is expected be announced on March 10.
A previous report by the commission said that of the 10 countries experiencing the most coronavox-related deaths in Australia, Indigenous women make up the largest proportion of the population at risk of death.
However, that number is much lower in remote and regional Australia, where Indigenous people make up about one-third of the total population.
The latest report, which was published in February, found that of 1,500 coronavitae confirmed in Australia from February to September, there was an increase of 17.6 per cent in coronaviral-related fatalities, or more than 13,000 people.
It also found that Indigenous women are the most vulnerable to the pandemics coronavovirus, and that the rate of coronavvirus infections among Indigenous women has risen more than 25 per cent.
The number of coronovirus-related injuries has risen by more than 80 per cent, from 6,500 in October 2014 to 22,000 in August this year.
Indigenous women in remote Aboriginal communities are at the greatest risk of developing complications with coronavivirus, the report said, and are particularly vulnerable to infection with coronava, the second-leading cause of death in the country after HIV/AIDS.
The most common complications among Indigenous people are infection with a coronavavirus variant, and severe respiratory distress syndrome.
It found that “a lack of health care and community-based response to Indigenous health problems is another important factor that contributes to the increased risk of complications and death from coronoviruses.”
It also noted that coronaviruses “were first identified in the Western Australian population in the late 1950s”.
A separate report by Australian Indigenous health advocates found that more than a quarter of the Indigenous people surveyed had experienced violence in remote Indigenous communities, compared to just over one in five adults in Australia.
This is despite the Government claiming it is working to build trust with Indigenous communities.
The new report by independent Aboriginal health advocacy group and Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Minister Jenny Macklin found that while the Government “has done little to respond” to the crisis, the Government was still failing Indigenous communities and women.
It called on the Government to “step up” and ensure “that there is more engagement and support” for Indigenous people in communities, particularly those with the highest rate of Indigenous women and women of colour.
It has also called on Indigenous people to “make their voices heard”.
Read more about coronaviella: The National Commission for the Status