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Sam Barsah and Wilo Muwadda from PATSIN (the Positive Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Network) share stories about life and times, resilience and community during COVID-19 with Dr John Rule (NAPWHA Senior Research Manager). The National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) is Australia’s peak non-government organisation representing community-based groups of people living with HIV across Australia. In this video series, we share the experiences and responses of communities managing and adapting to the unfolding 2020 pandemic.

This interview was recorded on 11 August 2020

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Hear His Spirit Flies High, by Tim Bishop and Soul Wun (Helen Anu and Sam Barsah) in the Kala Lagaw Ya language of the Torres Straits. This recording was made possible as a project of the Positive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network (PATSIN) and NAPWHA. It was a song of great significance and was first publicly performed at a World AIDS Day event in 1998 at Martin Place in Sydney; the beginning of this song’s incredible determination to be heard.

Hear other video episodes

In this series, Dr John Rule reports back from the NAPWHA members to hear about community stories and community-led responses adapting to life during COVID-19.

Taking the Temperature — Episode 02 — Richard Keane
Taking the Temperature — Episode 03 — Kirsty Machon
Taking the Temperature — Episode 04 — Anth McCarthy

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