Role

The Australian Government set up the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group on COVID-19 to advise on health issues related to COVID-19. The role of the taskforce is to:

  • implement the Emergency Response Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and communities, across remote, regional and urban areas by developing a National Management Plan
  • advise on implementing the Management Plan in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector and communities
  • identify and escalate emerging and pressing issues
  • review and inform key documents, guidelines and plans as needed – including relevant sections of the CDNA Series of National Guidelines for Public Health Units: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19 SoNG)
  • liaise with Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and its standing committees
  • review new communication materials to be sent out through existing channels
  • present information and advice to the Department of Health’s Communications Branch
  • help inform the flow of information with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health sector

National Management Plan

The taskforce has developed the Management Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. This plan has been endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee and supports the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The plan supports delivery of health care during the coronavirus pandemic that is:

  • locally led
  • holistic
  • comprehensive
  • culturally safe

 

Management Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Populations

The Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus guides the Australian health sector response. This Management Plan focuses on culturally appropriate testing and care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and for specific locations including remote communities.

Remote framework

The taskforce has developed a framework to inform decisions about lifting travel restrictions to remote communities. This framework has been endorsed by the National Cabinet.

Remote framework – conditions for easing remote area travel restrictions

This framework will help inform decisions around lifting remote area travel restrictions in Australia.

Members

The taskforce co-chairs are the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the Department of Health

Advisory group members

Role

Member

Background and experience

Co-chair

Dr Lucas de Toca

Department of Health

Co-chair

Dr Dawn Casey

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Member

Prof James Ward

Communicable Diseases Network Australia and Aboriginal infectious disease expertise

Member

Dr Kate Armstrong

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of New South Wales, representing the CEO and Board

Member

John Singer

Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia

Member

John Paterson

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory

Member

Dr Liz Moore

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory

Member

Dr Nadia Lusis

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, representing the CEO and Board

Member

Angela Young

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

Member

Dr Mark Wenitong

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

Member

Dr Maureen Davey

Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation and state/territory government representative for Tasmania

Member

Dr Ana Herceg

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service, representing the CEO and Board

Member

Dr Marianne Wood

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia, representing the CEO and Board

Member

Dr Lorraine Anderson

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service, representing NACCHO Member Services

Member

Barbara Shaw

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory, representing NACCHO Member Services

Member

Olga Havnen

Danila Dilba Health Service, representing NACCHO Member Services

Member

Karly Ahfat

Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Service, representing NACCHO Member Services

Member

Dr Jason Agostino

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Member

Katrina Fanning

Representing National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Member

Dr Belinda Greenwood

State/territory government representative, Northern Territory

Member

Haylene Grogan

State/territory government representative, Queensland (lead)

Member Dr Candice Colbran State/territory government representative, Queensland

Member

Dr Pippa May

State/territory government representative, Western Australia

Member

Geraldine Wilson-Matenga

State/territory government representative, New South Wales

Member

Nicole McCartney

State/territory government representative, Victoria

Member

Nicola Gotovac

State/territory government representative, Australian Capital Territory

Member

Dr David Johnson

State/territory representative, South Australia

Member

Monica Barolits-McCabe

Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association

Member

Kristy Crooks

APPRISE Centre of Research Excellence

Member

Dr Bronwen Harvey

Department of Health

Member

Rachel O’Connor

National Indigenous Australians Agency

Meetings

The group meets regularly — currently twice a week — with urgent issues addressed daily.

Communiques

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group on COVID-19 Communiques

Communiques for the 2020 meetings of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group on COVID-19.

Related committees or groups

The Advisory Group reports to the Chief Medical Officer, and regularly informs the:

Contact

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group on COVID-19 secretariat

Contact the secretariat if you have any questions about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group on COVID-19.

Indigenous.Ops [at] health.gov.au

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Last updated: 
2 June 2020