Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an evolving global health concern. This page will be updated with the latest information as it becomes available.

For up-to-the-minute targeted information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, visit the Australian Federal Government Department of Health (DoH) website.

Important COVID-19 resources and updates:

  • COVID-19 Vaccines common questions 
  • Who is getting the vaccine first?
    • people who have an increased risk of developing serious illness or dying from COVID-19
    • people at an increased risk of exposure, infection and spreading of COVID-19
    • people who are in a setting with high potential to spread the virus, such as health and aged care workers
    • people working in critical services, such as emergency service workers.
    • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults are a priority group. 
  • How to recognise symptoms
  • What happens during testing
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions are at higher risk.  For current advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) click here
  • 30-minutes COVID-19 infection control online training module for healthcare workers in all setting.  It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19 available here.
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COVID-19 Vaccines

The Australian Government Department of Health in collaboration with NACCHO have prepared a community engagement kit that has useful information on what the Government is doing to deliver COVID-19 vaccines.

The kit includes several communications materials, such as news articles, social tiles, video scripts and other items that you can share across your networks to help keep your community safe. 

To support communication with your stakeholders, networks and communities, the Australian Government Department of Health has developed a suite of resources. Here is a guide that will provide you with the list of resources that are available to download which includes:

Here is a guide that will provide you with the list of resources that are available to download here.

There are rules that you must follow if you wish to advertise COVID-19 vaccines! As part of the Australian Government Department of Health, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulates the advertising of therapeutic goods in Australia.
 
Here is a fact sheet that explains how vaccine providers and other parties may lawfully advertise the COVID-19 vaccine without risking penalties for breaching the prohibition on advertising prescription medicines.
 

Further resources will be developed in the lead up to and implementation of the vaccination rollout. The Department will continue to provide regular updates and communication materials as more information becomes available over the coming weeks.

 

The National Management Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 

The National Management Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples has been developed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group on COVID-19 and endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC). 

Download Management Plan PDF - Publication date: March 2020 |Last Updated: 16 July 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 in remote and regional settings

The Impact of COVID-19 in remote and regional settings presentation is intended to inform and support Health Service decision makers and community leaders to decide how a remote community will respond to a COVID-19 outbreak.

For further information visit the Department of Health website.

National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce

NACCHO partners with a large group of peak health bodies to develop National Clinical Guidelines for COVID-19 to help Australian healthcare professionals with continually updated, evidence-based clinical guidelines that are available here.

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Guidance for healthcare teams to support COVID-19 prevention and management

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created a rapidly changing health policy environment. This page contains recommendations to support healthcare teams in prevention and management of COVID-19 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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COVID-19 Latest news and information

Keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 updates and information. 

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