Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA) – Coronavirus Resources for Community Members & Health Professionals in South Australia
Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) – Coronavirus Community Resources specific to Western Australia
AHCWA COVID-19 Comminque – COVID-19 Member Support Team Weekly Updates
Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT) – Resources for community members to understand Coronoavirus (COVID-19) and to stay safe
The Northern Territory Aboriginal Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing COVID-19 Response Plan – The Northern Territory Aboriginal Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing COVID-19 Response Plan (MH & SEWB Plan) has been developed to assist Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) in the Northern Territory to plan for the mental health needs of Aboriginal communities during and after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet – The latest information available on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet Interactive Map of Aboriginal and Islander Health/Medical Services
Central Australia Aboriginal Congress (CAAC) – Resources and information on COVID-19 as well as advice specific to the NT.
Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Ltd (KAMS) – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) – Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates, information and resources
National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) – Resources and information about COVID-19
Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) – COVID-19 (Coronavirus) resources
SNAICC – National Voice for our Children – SNAICC is listening to their supporters, members and organisations to identify key issues impacting children and families from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre – Stay safe at home with palawa kani!
News and Media Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
ABC Indigenous – Facebook video – Hey You Mob – Little J has a handwashing song for you and your mob!
Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of New South Wales (AHMRC) – Facebook video – Dr Kong explains the symptoms of #COVID19 and what to look out for.
Aboriginal Health Television (AHTV) – Everything you need to know about COVID-19 – symptoms, tests, protecting yourself, and the latest research
Deadly Choices – Facebook video – JT – Yarning to Young People. We can control the spread of coronavirus – it’s up to us. Make a Deadly Choice like JT and stay home!
National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) – Facebook video – Baker Boy Hand Wash Rap
National Indigenous Television (NITV) – The Latest Coronavirus News Articles
The South West Aboriginal Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation (SWAMS) – Facebook video – Keep our mob safe! What is COVID-19 and what can we do?
Australian Government Department of Health Information
Easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions – Australia’s federal, state and territory governments are gradually easing restrictions around public gatherings, how businesses can operate, and regional travel. Click the link above to find out more about the National Cabinet’s 3-step plan to create a COVIDSafe Australia with new ways of living and working.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources – A collection of resources for the general public and industry about coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and remote communities – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people living in remote communities are at greater risk from COVID-19. As the rules for seeing people and moving through the community are eased, you still need to take extra steps to protect your mob.
Coronavirus Australia app – Stay up to date with official information and advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. You can check your symptoms and get notified when urgent information and updates are published.
COVIDSafe app – The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps us support and protect you, your friends and family. Please read the content on this page before downloading.
Australian Government WhatsApp channel for COVID-19 – Join our COVID-19 WhatsApp channel to learn the latest on Australia’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19). If you’re already a WhatsApp user you can send a message to the channel to connect. If you don’t have WhatsApp, download the app to join the channel.
National Coronavirus Helpline – Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19) or help with the COVIDSafe app. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Head to Health – can help you find digital mental health services from some of Australia’s most trusted mental health organisations. It brings together apps, online programs, online forums, and phone services, as well as a range of digital information resources.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) GP respiratory clinics – The Department of Health is funding up to 100 GP respiratory clinics to help protect Australians. If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19 you can contact a clinic to be assessed and get clinical advice.
Healthdirect Australia is a national public health information service in Australia. Healthdirect Australia offers access to free health helplines as well as online health information and advice. They are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice Access links to FAQs about COVID-19 and important information about social distancing and other supports.
State and Territory Government Information
Refer to your local state government for the latest responses to the coronavirus pandemic
NSW Health – COVID-19 (Coronavirus) resources
Northern Territory Government Coronavirus Resources – Audio, video and printed files with health messages for coronavirus (COVID-19) in Aboriginal languages
Queensland Government Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships – Coronavirus Resources
Queensland Health – First Nations COVID-19 Resources
Victoria State Government Department of Health and Human Services – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for Aboriginal communities
WA Department of Health – Coronavirus Resources
WA Department of Health Healthy WA – Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Aboriginal people
Resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing
A new 24/7 support service specifically designed to help people through the COVID-19 pandemic is available free of charge to all Australians through the Beyond Blue website.
For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 or Lifeline on 13 11 14 at any time.
Kids Helpline is a free service for young people aged 5 to 25. Kids, teens and young adults can call 1800 551 800 at any time.
Headspace – Yarn Safe
iBobbly – a social and emotional wellbeing self-help app for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
Black Dog Institute – a weekly mental health check-in, originally designed to help cope with Coronavirus
Lifeline Australia: Phone 13 11 14 or Crisis Support Chat
Suicide Call Back Service: Phone 1300 659 467 or Online Counselling
Kids Helpline: Phone 1800 551 800 or WebChat Counselling
Mens Line Australia: Phone 1300 789 978 or Online Counselling
Open Arms Veterans & Families Counselling: Phone 1800 011 046 or visit their website
Qlife – LGBTI peer support and referral: Phone 1800 184 527 or webchat 3pm to midnight daily
National Indigenous Postvention Service: Phone 1800 805 801
Information for Health Care Professionals
Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of New South Wales (AHMRC) – Resources for healthcare professionals
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association COVID-19 Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Professionals (PDF)
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet – Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers/Health Practitioners
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) – COVID-19 Primary Healthcare Guidance
Information for Researchers
Group of Eight Australia – COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery: A Report for the Nation
The Group of Eight (Go8) universities developed this Roadmap in less than three weeks, through remote meetings and a special collaborative reasoning platform, in the context of a rapidly changing pandemic.
The Medical Journal of Australia – First Nations people leading the way in COVID-19 pandemic planning, response and management
The Australian Government – National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan
This plan prioritises the mental health of Australians in line with physical health and sets out a direction to help navigate through the pandemic.
Mental Health Pandemic Response Plan: Draft Plan Outline and Consultation Questions
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Indigenous Peoples – COVID-19 and Indigenous peoples
“We urge Member States and the international community to include the specific needs and priorities of indigenous peoples in addressing the global outbreak of COVID 19.“ – Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Anne Nuorgam.
The UWA Public Policy Institute (UWA PPI) – Briefings edition on COVID-19: Indigenous Perspectives