Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants during Coronavirus (COVID-19)


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First Nations people are respectfully advised that some of the resources and links mentioned in this article may contain images of deceased persons.

As COVID-19 continues to impact disability and aged care service providers and participants, it is important to get messaging right to help keep everyone safe. This includes being responsive to the different cultural communities that you work with, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

As a service provider, you should consider ways you can deliver messages to continue to engage with Indigenous participants, especially in uncertain times such as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For more information on providing services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants, see the BLCW article here.

The following resources may support you in engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants about COVID-19 in a culturally responsive way:

Australian Government resources

  • National Indigenous Australians Agency
    The Australian Government’s National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) has information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) on its website
    Link to NIAA COVID-19 website

  • Minister for Indigenous Australians
    Minister Wyatt released information on 2 April regarding support measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
    Link to the media release from the Minister

  • Australian Government Department of Health
    The Department has developed a collection of resources about COVID-19 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those in remote communities
    Link to the Department’s COVID-19 resources page

  • Australian Government Services Australia
    Services Australia has developed a guide to support health professionals who provide services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
    Link to the Services Australia guide

Culturally appropriate information and graphics

  • First People’s Disability Network (FPDN)
    FPDN has community information and culturally appropriate resources on COVID-19, including a video in Auslan
    Link to FPDN's COVID-19 resource page

  • National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
    NACCHO has developed culturally appropriate graphics you can use to communicate messages on COVID-19 with Indigenous audiences
    Link to NACCHO's COVID-19 resource page

Using songs to share COVID-19 messages

  • Lowitja Foundation
    The Lowitja Foundation has developed “Survivor COVID-19” to provide messages on COVID-19 through song
    Link to this song on YouTube

  • “The Rona Rap”
    School students at Xavier Catholic College Wurrumiyanga in the Tiwi Island rapping to build awareness of COVID-19
    Link to this song on YouTube

Using traditional languages