AIDA peer support forums
AIDA is keen to support our members during this tumultuous time, by conducting peer support forums for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors across the country to debrief and support one another. Forums are usually held twice weekly online from 8–9:30pm (AEST). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for log-in details.
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.