COVID-19 Resources

Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

News and Media Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

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 aboe 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

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
  • The National Indigenous Critical Response Service: Phone 1800 805 801

Information for Health Care Professionals

Information for Researchers