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 on DoH and other sites:
- Remote Community Closures and Designated Biosecurity (Travel Restricted) areas across Australia visit the National Indigenous Australians Agency website.
- 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.
- Remote framework – conditions for easing remote area travel restrictions. This framework will help inform decisions around lifting remote area travel restrictions in Australia and can be viewed on the Australian Government Department of Health website.
- 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.
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.
For more information click here.
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). It is expected that the Management Plan will be a living document that will be periodically updated to support and meet the objectives of the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Download Management Plan PDF – 44 pages, 30 March 2020
Keeping communities safe from Coronavirus:
Remote area travel restrictions
The Australian Government is working to minimise the exposure of Coronavirus to remote and very remote communities. Access to these communities has been restricted to protect community members from the spread of Coronavirus. It’s important that every service provider, Government agency and industry follow the guidelines on entering designated remote areas to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.
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.
COVID-19 Latest news and information
NACCHO Chair, Donnella Mills speaks with Kier Shorey from ABC Radio on NAIDOC Week 2020 (audio)July 8, 2020
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) respond to COVID-19 high-rise lockdowns.July 7, 2020
COVID-19 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group Communique, 30 June 2020July 1, 2020
COVID-19 restrictions in remote communities (22 June 2020 update)June 22, 2020
If you are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical advice.
Call the National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080 for advice and to discuss symptoms. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To seek medical help from a doctor or hospital, call ahead of time to book an appointment.