Individuals already experiencing ill-health are at an increased risk of severe disease from exposure to COVID-19, and we recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities already experience a burden of disease much greater than other Australians.
While current instructions on COVID-19 apply to all Australians, the Health Partnerships Team is working directly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations to make sure critical culturally appropriate services, continue to be delivered during this challenging time.
The impacts on social isolation and restrictions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, who are highly mobile within their community circles, highly engaged with community events, and so strongly connected to family, land, and culture, is recognised by the Health Partnerships Team.
It is important we recognise the strength of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community’s in the ACT and surrounding areas, and the wealth of cultural knowledge they bring to this country. It is critical we protect and support the community to look after one another and get through this challenging time together. We are working with community to raise awareness of measures to prevent exposure, such as the importance of social distancing.
Key ACT Government and community-controlled services are still operating, and service users are being encouraged to check websites and call ahead to see what options are available for service access, including flexible arrangements to support individuals to remain home and with family.
For more information on COVID-19 you can download one of our factsheets:
Information for community stakeholders about how the ACT Government is supporting COVID-19 service planning
Information for service users on changes to ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services that may affect them
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