COVID-19 Updates and Information

This section aims to keep you updated with the latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19). By scrolling to the bottom of this page you can access a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources, where you can filter your search by Community or Health professionals. The NSW Government have the COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Grants Program to support Aboriginal communities in NSW to reduce their risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and enable them to manage the impacts of the pandemic.

You will find updates from the:

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group on COVID-19 (the Taskforce) was co-chaired by the 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 STOP the spread graphics and social media resources were developed by NACCHO. These are for the promotion of healthy messages to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Stay informed via the National Indigenous Australian Agency.

Ahpra and the National Boards, together with the Australian Government and the Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative Forum, have set National principles for clinical education during COVID-19.

You can keep up to date with information about changes for health professionals via the Coronavirus information for health professionals. 

Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine roll-out strategy is now available from the Australian Government Department of Health. The Government has also developed the COVID-19 Training Program available via an e-learning platform at no cost, a link is provided on this webpage. The Government has announced Medicare funding for GPs to vaccinate patients against COVID-19 during home visits and visits to aged care facilities.

There is a COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker where you can see if you are eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccination yet. Health Direct also has a COVID-19 Restriction Checker where you can easily check restrictions in your State or Territory.  The Coronavirus Australia app gives the latest up to date information on COVID-19. The COVIDSafe app is a tool developed to slow the spread of COVID-19. There is also an official Australian Government WhatsApp channel with information about Covid-19.

Yarning Safe’N’Strong is a helpline especially for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who need to have a yarn about their wellbeing. Offered by the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, the free call line is available 24 hours a day by calling Ph: 1800 959 563.

For people feeling isolated or lonely the Australian Red Cross has established COVID Connect, a free service to provide support and community connection.

COVID-19

Use this online tool to check your symptoms of COVID-19 and guides you to the appropriate healthcare action. The healthdirect website coronavirus hub also has resources, infographics, videos, and a Video Call Service for healthcare professionals.

National coronavirus helpline Ph: 1800 020 080. The Department of Health’s National Incident Room can be contacted via Email: health.ops@health.gov.au.

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

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The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency has a range of resources for health practitioners on mandatory notification. The Mable online platform is part of the Australian Government’s contingency measures to ensure continuity of the aged care workforce during COVID-19. It allows registered (and retired) nurses and allied health professionals to list their availability.

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. The Respiratory Health and Infectious Conditions sections have information and resources.

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