This Management Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Populations (Management Plan) 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) (the Health Sector Plan).
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group on COVID-19 (the Taskforce) have been meeting regularly to discuss and prepare for culturally appropriate and consistent advice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services and Communities to provide the swift response required to address COVID-19.
Co-chaired by the Department of Health and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the taskforce includes Public Health Medical Officers and leaders from the Aboriginal Community Controlled Sector, Aboriginal Health Services, state and territory government public health and medical officials, Aboriginal communicable disease experts, the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association and the National Indigenous Australians Agency.
The most important thing for everyone to remember is to maintain hygiene by:
• Washing your hands
• Avoid shaking hands with people who may be sick
• Stay at a distance of 1.5 m away from someone who is sick
• Coughing or sneezing into your elbow
• Don’t go to crowded places if you’re sick
In addition, the Australian Government Department of Health website Coronavirus (COVID-19) includes a collection of resources including fact sheets for the general public, health professionals and industry about COVID-19.
Any urgent enquiries can be directed to the Department of Health’s National Incident Room via email@example.com.
Lifeline 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 http://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 www.kidshelp.com.au
MensLine 1300 78 99 78 www.mensline.org.au
beyondblue 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au
Qlife 1800 184 527 http://www.qlife.org.au /
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