COVID-19 Update October 8, 2021

MDAS response to Mildura oubreak

We know that the number of confirmed cases around Mildura and surrounds is increasing.
We know there has been a significant increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community testing positive for COVID-19.
If you are infected, isolate; if you are not infected, vaccinate.

COVID-19 situation in Mildura
• Over the past 24-hour period (Wednesday and Thursday) there has been a significant increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members testing positive for COVID-19.  A majority of the positive cases on Thursday are in children under 12.
• MDAS is NOT a COVID-19 exposure site.

• Approximately 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Community members were tested for COVID-19 at MDAS Mildura on Thursday 7 October 2021
o 70 ATSI community members at the Koori-only testing site MDAS set up
o Approx. another 30 people were tested using the rapid testing technology available at the MDAS health clinic in Mildura
• The MDAS Koori-only testing site will open again at 9 am on Friday,
• The Bendigo Public Health Unit is providing drive-through testing at Mildura’s Old Aerodrome Ovals (Eleventh St)
o Friday 8 and Saturday 9 Oct, 8.30am to 5.30pm
o Sunday 10 Oct, 8.30am to 1.30pm.

• 324 people were vaccinated for COVID-19 at MDAS Mildura on Thursday 7 October 2021
• ATSI Community members do not have to book an appointment to have their COVID-19 vaccination at MDAS Mildura – they can walk in, and their vaccination will be prioritized.
• Again, this in response to rapidly increasing COVID-19 numbers in the local Aboriginal community.
• This arrangement will be in place at the MDAS Mildura COVID-19 vaccination clinic until further notice.

• The only way we can protect our children is for the adults around them to get vaccinated.
• Stopping the spread of COVID-19 depends on the actions of every one of us.
• If you are infected isolate, if you are not infected, vaccinate.
• If you don’t need to be out and about in community, stay home.
• If you have been out and about in community and in contact with anyone who might have been exposed to COVID-19, get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.
• If you have any COVID-19 symptoms at all, get tested.
• If you have not been vaccinated, come to our MDAS clinic and Aboriginal community members will be prioritized.
• Please support those who need to isolate showing love and compassion. We need to support and encourage each other. This virus isn’t something that people spread intentionally; it is something that happens and sometimes people are unaware they are spreading it to others. Let’s show support and kindness rather than discriminating and pushing our mob away.   
• If you don’t have anywhere to self-isolate, please let us know.  Phone MDAS on 5018 4100 ask for Darlene Thomas. 

• MDAS Mildura has administered more than 8500 COVID-19 vaccines since the vaccination program began in March 2021
• Today was the good vaccination day we have had 324
• In Mildura, COVID-19 vaccine clinics are being held Monday-Friday at the old CFA building in Orange Ave. Appointments are available by phoning 1800 183 593 or emailing covidvaccineclinic@mdas.org.au
• In Swan Hill and Kerang, COVID-19 vaccinations are by appointment. To make an appointment, phone MDAS Swan Hill 5032 8600.

Other News

MDAS calls for kindness ahead of referendum
NAIDOC art competition winner announced
Background and geography shouldn't dictate health outcomes
MDAS calls on community to have their say
MDAS Responds to new Victorian legislation
MDAS Appoints Chief Executive
MDAS puts out call for Board nominations
Progress at MDAS
NAIDOC Awards recognise Mildura community leaders
Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! this NAIDOC Week
Koori community Gets Up! Stands Up! Shows Up! for NAIDOC
MDAS renewal taking shape
National Reconciliation Week a time for healing
New gathering place for Aboriginal Elders
COVID Vaccination clinic at Mildura Primary School
MDAS Annual Report
Strategic Plan sets new direction for MDAS
ACCO Vaccine Van back in Mildura
Nominations for MDAS Board
MDAS Annual General Meeting
Mildura Public Holiday Arrangements
COVID-19 Vaccine Van heading to Mallee
COVID-19 Update Swan Hill Kerang October 15 2021
COVID-19 Update October 8, 2021
Response to current outbreak
Koori Night Patrol hits the road again
MDAS Clinic not a COVID-19 exposure site
Board Update - July-August 2021
MDAS pilots Victorian first
MDAS welcomes new Board members
A circle that's changing lives, one family at a time
COVID-19 Vaccine for over 12s
MDAS Mildura reopens in a COVID-safe way
MDAS Closed due to COVID-19
Pfizer vaccine supply secure at MDAS
Board Update - June 2021
Positive future as MDAS reform journey continues
Board Update May 2021
Extension of vaccine rollout program at MDAS
Mallee Mobs urged to vaccinate
COVID-19 Update - MDAS Services
Board Update
MDAS Members approve new constitution
Information about Influenza Vaccine
MDAS no longer at Menera Station
Koori Youth Night Patrol is back!
MDAS CEO announcement
Constitutional Reform Workshops Cancelled
MDAS renewal takes shape
Coloring Competition
MDAS Constitutional Reform
Design our Sunraysia 2021 footy jumper
Reports from our Annual General Meeting
MDAS meetings consider constitution reform
Christmas Message from MDAS
New faces at MDAS Board table
MDAS Board Nominations
MDAS meet and greet with new Community Leadership Group
Call to community from MDAS leadership
Welcome to Acting CEO Jacki Turfrey
Chilly art at Robinvale
Lockdown brings out NAIDOC winner’s artistic side
Letter of Introduction - Jill Gallagher
Save the Date for our AGM - Saturday November 28, 2020
Focus on fresh food collaboration
Community Leadership Group 2020
Young artist winners announced
Our Mob Speaks Update
MDAS innovations supporting community in COVID-19
Service delivery 'COVID-normal' at MDAS
On-the-spot COVID-19 testing to help protect our mobs
Free Meningococcal B Vaccine for Aboriginal children
Art competition to design Aboriginal breast screen shawl
$1000 prizes for Mallee female artists
Reconciliation is an ongoing journey
Touching tribute to the Stolen Generations
A touching tribute for Sorry Day
Listening to Our Mob Speak
Local voice part of Reconciliation event
Statement - CEO resignation
Coronavirus information
Coronavirus - Am I At Risk?
Get painting for Mallee NAIDOC design competition
Good food for hungry tummies!
Swan Hill Art Competition Winners
Award nominations for Swan Hill Youth team
New Aged Care and Disability Services hub open for business
Swan Hill-Kerang Indigenous Art competition
Reward and Recognition
Mallee Tigers take out state title at VACSAL
Mallee Tigers roar towards Indigenous carnival
Victorian First Peoples urged to ‘get enrolled’
Gambling research paper published
Hands-on fun for Aboriginal Children's Day
Menera Farm a hive of activity
Weekly Koori News July 5 & 6
Weekly Koori News June 28 - 29
Koori News June 14-15
MDAS Robinvale office open for business
Trying to get in touch at Kerang?
Make a change! EVOLVE!
Calls to share autism experience
Tick of approval in accreditations
MDAS Mildura celebrates Close the Gap Day
New mums' group reaches new families
Robinvale staff on the move
Bringing cultural knowledge to kinder
MDAS leading the way on better services for elders
Welcome to our new board member
Wearing red for heart health
Kick Start to a heathy 2019
New advertising campaign targets family violence
MDAS Clinician recognised for leadership
HIPPY celebration for happy graduates
Men's healing gives back to the community
New pharmacy service at MDAS
Research calling for input from Koori cancer patients
Talking out the challenges together
Gambling no laughing matter
Spring 2018 Newsletter out now!
Know a Deadly Hero?
Gambling figures prompt Mildura forum
Robinvale Men's Program going strong
Congratulations to our NAIDOC Award winners
Deadly Choices comes to the Mallee
Partnership takes smoke-free message to shoppers

MALLEE DISTRICT ABORIGINAL SERVICES  “Our Vision: "Self-determined, healthy, robust and culturally strong Aboriginal communities across the Mallee region."

MDAS calls for kindness ahead of referendum

Read more


NAIDOC art competition winner announced

Read more


Background and geography shouldn't dictate health outcomes

Read more


MDAS calls on community to have their say

Read more


MDAS Responds to new Victorian legislation

Read more


Events Calendar

View event

120 Madden Avenue Mildura
Phone (03) 5018 4100

70 Nyah Road Swan Hill
Phone (03) 5032 8600

9 Nolan Street Kerang
Phone (03) 5412 6004

Interested in*:

MDAS - Quality Innovation Performance Accredited
MDAS - Quality Innovation Performance Accredited