• Yorta Yorta woman and paramedic, Michelle Crilly. (Supplied)Source: Supplied
Yorta Yorta woman and recent graduate paramedic, Michelle Crilly urges our community to continue adhering to all social distancing requirements as state lockdown restrictions begin to ease.
By
Madeline Hayman-Reber

Source:
NITV News
18 May 2020 - 5:27 PM  UPDATED 18 May 2020 - 5:34 PM

As restrictions begin to lift around the country, a proud Yorta Yorta woman and Ambulance Victoria paramedic has issued a warning for mob to continue to stay home as much as possible.

Michelle Crilly is the first in her family to graduate university, studying Paramedicine at the Australian Catholic University.

She went on to complete a cadetship with Ambulance Victoria in her final year, before being offered a graduate job.

"My favourite thing is being out in the community. I get to go and meet all different people from all different walks of life. I get to meet young people I get to meet other elderly people, people in between," Ms Crilly told NITV News.

"It's a real honour that these people let me into their house and they allow us to come in. They trust us, and they allow us to give them the support and care that I would want to give my family."

Although state governments are beginning to ease COVID-19 lockdown laws, Ms Crilly is urging mob to stay informed and continue adhering to social distancing requirements, particularly those with chronic respiratory illnesses.

"It's so hard to not have like a gathering or not have family around or NAIDOC Week is coming up - that's going to be a tough one for everyone," Ms Crilly said.

"In Australia we've been very lucky with keeping our transmission low, and if we do rush out and go into big groups and starting infecting each other, we're afraid that the numbers might spike especially our mob, especially our Elders who are risk. We just want to keep them safe."

Along with reinforcing washing hands, and keeping a 1.5 m distance, she has also urged mob not to put off important appointments before things get so serious that they require an ambulance.

"We have seen a number of people have having fear and having anxiety about calling an ambulance or going to their local doctor, just for other medical emergencies other than the Coronavirus," Ms Crilly said.

"You can still go to your doctor's for your preventative care, you still need to pick up your medicines. You still need to get things like a flu shot. Because we want people to be able to live a healthy normal life often Coronavirus is over."

With flu season almost here, Ms Crilly has urged everyone to get their flu shot before additional strain is put on the health system.

"I feel like I have the responsibility to share my knowledge with my community to keep them safe, keep my family safe, my friends safe," Ms Crilly said.

Ambulance Victoria has directed the community to stay updated on COVID-19 via the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria website, and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service website.