Support for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities

This page will have resources and information designed to support Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities during the COVID-19 period.

We are proud to acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people as traditional custodians of the land and we pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Elders, past, present and emerging, who have resided in the area and have been an integral part of the region's history. 

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What you might find on this page

You can find information, links to support services and resources to support the Indigenous community. We will update this page regularly so make sure to keep checking it out every week for new content to be uploaded regularly!

Information from the Department of Health and Human Services

Aboriginal peak organisations and leadership is working closely with state, local and Commonwealth Governments to coordinate response plans and ensure there are the necessary resources, equipment, supplies and support for Indigenous communities during COVID-19. 

Keep updated via the Department of Health and Human Services website for all information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Aboriginal communities.

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-information-aboriginal-communities

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Austin Health - COVID-19 information update for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Austin Health is providing free COVID-19 testing to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community even without symptoms. In recognition of the health gap experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, we strongly encourage you to seek COVID-19 testing if you have any concerns or symptoms.

Contact our COVID-19 hotline on 9496 6606 (8am-8pm, 7 days a week) to make a booking.

Please let our staff know that you’re Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and if you need assistance with transport.

Free transport to your COVID-19 testing appointment can be arranged through St John Ambulance. (This service will only be available for a limited time.)

For further assistance and support call our Aboriginal Heath team, Ngarra Jarra on 9496 5699, 9am- 4pm, Monday to Friday.

3KND Radio Melbourne

3KND is Melbourne's first Indigenous owned and managed radio station. Tune in for latest information and stories. Digital, 1503AM and online at www.3knd.org.au

https://www.facebook.com/pg/3KND1503/posts/

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Koorie Youth Council (KYC)

The Koorie Youth Council (KYC) is the representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in Victoria. Led by an Executive of 15 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and our state-wide members, KYC values the diversity and strength of young people as decision-makers. KYC advocates to government and community to advance the rights and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. By hosting events like the annual Koorie Youth Summit, KYC brings Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people together to amplify their voices for social change. 

Contact KYC at admin@koorieyouth.org.au 

Follow: https://www.koorieyouthcouncil.org.au/newsandevents/

KYC challenge 07.04.20

The KYC team are giving ourselves one challenge to get us through this uncertain time. To focus our energy on what we can control and ways we can keep strong and healthy for ourselves and for our communities. Connecting to our communities, cultures and country keeps us strong and healthy in mind, body, spirit. What ways can we connect to...

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Grants for remote communities 

The Australian Government is offering 45 flexible grants to help 110 remote communities across Australia protect themselves against COVID-19. Find out more via this link - https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/government-backs-remote-communities-with-covid-19-support