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This page provides information about COVID-19 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Find out when to get tested for COVID-19, how to stay safe and healthy, and where to get help or support.
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We can all help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Find out about steps you can take such as getting tested, practicing good hygiene habits, staying home and ways to physical distance.
What is COVID-19? (Video)
COVID-19 symptoms - Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA)
Everything you need to know about getting a COVID test (Video)
Keeping your mob safe – COVID-19 fact sheet
4 steps to keeping your mob COVID safe
COVID-19 Myths - AH&MRC
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Protecting our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Western Sydney - WentWest
Practice good personal hygiene habits to reduce the spread of germs and keep our communities healthy from COVID-19. Click on the links below for tips and advice on how best to do this.
Wearing a mask can help stop the spread of COVID-19
How to wear a mask - Video
Frequently asked questions on cloth masks - AH&MRC
What can I do to eliminate risks for me as an individual? (Video)
Keeping our Elders safe - AH&MRC
7 tips to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with Tyson Demos (Video) - AH&MRC
Good health and hygiene stop the spread of COVID-19 - Centre for Aboriginal Health
Stop the spread of COVID-19 - AHCWA
Baker Boy COVID-19 handwash rap
It is recommended to physically distance (also known as socially distance) as much as possible. This involves staying 1.5m apart from others. We all need to do our bit to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 to our loved ones. Follow the tips in this COVID-safe gathering fact sheet or video.
Is it safe to go out in our community and visit our elders? (Video)
Youth message #keepourmobsafe (Video) - ACHWA
Travelling? Plan ahead
Making crossing the NSW/VIC border easier - fact sheet
If you feel unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, get tested at your nearest COVID-19 testing clinic. This will help to protect your family, friends and community from being infected.
Come forward and get tested – help stop the spread – NSW Health
When and why should I get tested? (Video)
What is the process of getting tested and when should I go? (Video)
If one person in my household gets tested, should I and the rest of the family get tested?(Video)
Next steps after getting tested
Stay at home as much as possible and avoid physical contact with others to keep you and your family safe. If you are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, are waiting for your test results, or have tested positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate. See the links below for more information.
Dr Kong explains home isolation (Video)
When do I need to self-isolate?
How do I self-isolate?
Home isolation for general public
Home isolation for patients
Home isolation for close contacts
COVID-19 has caused big changes to our everyday life. It is important to look after ourselves and each other during this time. This means eating well, staying active and keeping mentally healthy too. This is especially important for Elders and those with existing medical conditions. Below are links to tips for how to stay physically and mentally well.
20 tips for staying healthy and strong during the coronavirus outbreak - Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia
Maddie Paluch shares the importance of staying active to #keepourmobsafe during coronavirus
Self-care tool kit - AH&MRC
Looking after your health and wellbeing
Get healthy for the mob: recipe ideas and how to get active as a family
Looking after your mind during the restrictions - AHCWA
For more mental health support resources , please visit our Mental Health page
How is the current circumstance with COVID-19 going to affect young people in the long run? (Video)
If you have an existing medical condition or you are feeling unwell, it is safe to see your doctor. During this time, keep taking your regular medication and consider getting a free flu shot too. Telehealth services are available. You can speak to a health professional through phone or video calls. They are bulk billed to Medicare. Call your local GP or Aboriginal Medical Service to book a telehealth appointment.
Scared to go to the doctor? - AHCWA
Professor Tom Calma (AO) - Keeping medical appointments (Video)
Protect your mob from the flu – NSW Health
Telehealth services for Aboriginal communities – AH&MRC
Where to seek health advice (see ‘Telehealth’) – WentWest
You can stay connected to your loved ones culturally and spiritually during COVID-19. Below you will find some helpful tips on staying connected.
Sean Choolburra offers some tips to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities stay healthy, strong and connected during the outbreak of COVID-19 (Video)
Dr Kong on staying connected during COVID-19 – AH&MRC (Video)
Stay connected to keep our mob healthy and stop the spread of COVID-19 - Centre for Aboriginal Health
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we hold ceremonies and Sorry Business. As these are important cultural traditions, this may be very difficult. Talk with your families and community about how to stay connected safely to grieve. The links below provide more information on this.
Please note: The rules on the number of people that can gather for Sorry Business will change as public health rules on gatherings change. See the NSW Government website for the most updated information.
Sorry business and coronavirus - Centre for Aboriginal Health
Exemptions for funerals, weddings and other gatherings
If you need advice or have questions, call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080
Links and resources on this website include information from third parties which can be shared with others.The information is general, not intended as medical advice and may be subject to copyright. For more information: read the WSLHD website disclaimer.