COVID-19 Updates and Information

This section is designed to keep you updated with the latest information available on coronavirus (COVID-19). There are links to updates from the Australian Government Department of Health who are monitoring the outbreak as well as links to The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and contact details for state and territory websites. There is also a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources to help you and your community stay safe and well. Scroll to the bottom of the page to view the resources list.

The Australian health sector emergency response plan for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) guides the Australian health sector response. This living document and is updated as required. The Coronavirus Australia app aims to help you stay up to date with the latest information on COVID-19.

The Australian Government Department of Health has developed the COVIDSafe app, a tool developed to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia. The app aims to help state and territory health officials quickly contact people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and is completely voluntary and free to download.

There are Temporary telehealth medicare bulk-billed items for COVID-19 for health professionals as part of the Australian Government’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), new temporary Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) telehealth items have been introduced to ensure continued access to essential Medicare rebated consultation services.

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This online tool allows you to check your symptoms using a simple-self-guided process. Answers to many questions are available on the healthdirect website coronavirus hub. There is also a range of resources, infographics, videos, and a healthdirect Video Call Service for healthcare professionals.

National coronavirus helpline Ph: 1800 020 080. Urgent enquiries can be directed to the Department of Health’s National Incident Room via email: health.ops@health.gov.au

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group on COVID-19 (the taskforce) was co-chaired by the Australian Government Department of Health and NACCHO to fast-track an emergency response plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to any potential spread of COVID-19.

The Australian Government is offering 45 flexible grants to help 110 remote communities across Australian to protect themselves against COVID-19.

NACCHO provides regular updates for its members and community. For the latest news from NACCHO please follow this link NACCHO Updates. The NACCHO Facebook page also has regular updates. The STOP the spread COVID-19 specific graphics and social media resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities to promote healthy messaging to help stop the spread of COVID-19 were developed by NACCHO. You can also stay informed via the National Indigenous Australian Agency.

A coalition of peak Australian health professional groups has come together to develop new ‘living guidelines’ that will provide continually updated evidence-based guidance to clinicians caring for people with COVID-19.

The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress) has been approved by the Australian Government Department of Health to provide testing to all people in the community with symptoms, including mild symptoms. To access COVID-19 testing, Congress clients can call Congress’ COVID-19 hotline (free call) Ph: 1800 514 400 or (08) 8959 4782.

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The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has a range of resources for health practitioners on mandatory notifications these can be downloaded via this link.

The Respiratory Health section also has information and resources. The following Key resources are updated as they become available. The HealthInfoNet in partnership with the Heart Foundation has recorded a webinar about Heart health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people during COVID-19.

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