Caring for your patients during COVID-19
Many people are experiencing increased stress or feelings of isolation at this time. For information on proactively managing mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak, or if you need to speak with a someone, the following organisations are open 24/7:
Government support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
The Australian Government Department of Health has provided Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and remote communities.
COVID-19 infectious control training
This 30-minute online training module is for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19.
VACCHO support service
The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation has provided accessible information on finding support in relation to obtaining:
- advice about caring for a vulnerable child in primary or secondary school
- emergency relief packages
- food support for Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations
- available government financial support
- for medical practices
- for employers
- for employees at risk of losing their job
The Lowitja Institute – Staying connected
The Lowitja Institute has made a film – Survivor COVID-19 – about keeping safe during the Coronavirus pandemic: #KEEPOURMOBSAFE.
Caring for yourself and colleagues during COVID-19
- Drs4Drs has provided information to support doctors and medical students to stay healthy.
- The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has some useful advice on supporting its members.
COVID-19 Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Professionals
To assist our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce IAHA has collaborated on a project led by NATSIHWA with AIDA, IAHA and CATSINaM to develop a resource toolkit that includes posters on important contacts, tips and information to help you care for yourself, as well as for distribution in your communities.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Professionals Resource Toolkit is available now and can be downloaded here.