Everybody is at risk of contracting COVID-19 so you need to protect yourself and others.
This is particularly important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians over the age of 50 who have existing health conditions or chronic illness. Here are some resources:
- The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) COVID-19 Updates.
- Department of Health Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Sean Choolburra has some tips to stay safe at home, during this time.
- Ensuring cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Word)
- Physical distancing activities and tips for families with children (Word)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services map - Interactive map to find an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Health Service near you.
Impacts on Ceremony and Sorry Business
Culture and ceremony, such as large gatherings for Sorry Business, are very important to our communities. However, with restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings, we need to look at ways to do this differently to protect our communities from the spread of the virus. Talk to your Elders, family or land council about safe ways to undertake Sorry Business during these times.
Remote community restrictions
Travel restrictions for remote communities are now in place in the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. Community restrictions are in place to help stop the spread of the coronavirus and keep remote communities safe.
You may be able to move between communities within the same restricted area, but it is better to stay in your own community rather than risk spreading the virus between communities. You may need to self-isolate for 14 days before you can enter a different community area.
Visit niaa.gov.au for more information and links to specific advice for each state and territory. Together we can help stop the virus and keep our communities strong.