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COVID-19

To our Communities, Partners and Supporters

Maridulu Budyari Gumal was created to move healthcare forward faster. At no time before, has our existence been of more importance.

As the global spread of COVID-19 continues to affect the way we live, work and interact, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on how we have responded to the pandemic, and what this means for you, the people we are here for.

Community First

When the onset of a pandemic first became clear, it was the unmet needs of the 2 million + people within the communities we serve across the Sydney basin that sat front and centre in our minds.

With many groups and organisations across the country mobilising quickly in their response to COVID-19, we looked at what gaps there were across the healthcare sector and made those our priority. In discussions with both hospitals and community health care, it became clear that we needed to communicate with the most vulnerable people within our culturally and linguistically diverse communities. 

Having worked extensively in this area before, we knew that non English speakers with chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, representing the most ‘at risk’ members of the communities we serve. This is due to language barriers in understanding new and important health messages.

Working together with the NSW Multicultural Health Agency, we produced in-language health promotion messages in half a dozen of the key languages across South East Sydney, to help people learn how to better manage existing illnesses, within the new context of COVID-19.

For our Research Partners

At the end of March, we started working with our research partners on our response. We gathered as a collective to establish the most important gaps, determine priorities and identify opportunities to meet new healthcare and medical research demands.

Out of that collaboration emerged an incredibly important piece of work. Working with Sydney Health Partners, we have framed up a large-scale health systems research project titled Resilient Health Care Across the Lifecourse.

Already in operation across the children's hospitals in both Randwick and Westmead, the purpose of the project is to map out the full spectrum of different innovations and initiatives that have been put in place in response to COVID-19. With many of these being rapidly deployed, we needed to properly evaluate them. Doing this enabled us to see what was working, what wasn’t and where more research was needed, so that we can continually improve our response and help others do the same.

A New Innovation Platform

When you are faced with the unknown, the need for innovative ideas and new ways of thinking is paramount.

To harness the power of creative thinking and invention, we have created a piece of work based around gathering information on unmet needs and creating an actionable response. 

Running under a model we have named the Health Hatchery and delivering through our Frontiers Technology Clinical Academic Group, we are bringing together biomedical and software engineers to work on new inventions that solve COVID-19 specific problems.

Mostly focusing on digital products and services within the med-tech spaces, it is our hope that this new approach will help provide breakthroughs to some of the new challenges we are facing within healthcare and medical research.

Research Response 

We have led a whole series of activities that have come about through our collaboration work with NSW Ministry of Health who contacted us to help them with their research response to COVID-19.

Through this work we have been able to identify, collate and provide an inventory of research infrastructure assets, both technical and human resources, that could be rapidly deployed by the ministry in response to COVID-19

We are now working with the ministry around advisory roles in COVID-19 research having joined both a therapeutics advisory group and a vaccine and diagnostics advisory group. Through our involvement, we will be able to offer our advice on health services research, as well as act as a connector and a conduit between different people and organisations across a wide variety of sectors. Through collaborations such as these, we are able to harness the collective minds of some of the country’s most capable and experienced professionals, in order to strengthen our response to the pandemic.

Looking Ahead

There is no denying the challenges of this moment. On behalf of everyone at Maridulu Budyari Gumal we would like to thank all of the first responders, doctors, nurses, researchers, public health experts and public servants globally, who are working tirelessly and with incredible strength of character.

To our communities, partners and supporters, we want you to know that we will continue to do our best, to work hard and protect those who need it through our work in finding treatments and prevention measures.

Situations like these are what we are here for. This is our time to pay back to the communities without whom we would not exist. How? By showing true leadership, bringing people together to work as a team and always keeping the health and wellbeing of our community at the heart of what we do.

 

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If you’d like to find out more information on how you can join the community groups, departments and organisations from the different sectors and industries who we have been collaborating with as part of our COVID-19 response, please contact us.