Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and COVID-19

You and your mob are at greater risk of illness from COVID-19. Know what to do to protect your family, your community, your elders and yourself.

COVID-19 is dangerous

COVID-19 is a disease. Anyone can get COVID-19. Sickness from COVID-19 can be severe, especially in elders and people with underlying health conditions. You can die from COVID-19.

Keep your mob safe

COVID-19 spreads through small droplets in the air and on surfaces. You can protect yourself and your family by:

  • washing your hands regularly
  • cleaning surfaces that people touch like doorknobs, mobile phones and benchtops
  • wearing a mask
  • keeping 2 big steps away from others.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • fever
  • tiredness.

Living with COVID-19

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are a close contact you should get tested. You must isolate until your results come back.

Isolating means not going out for school, work or shopping. Do not allow anyone to visit you. If you live with other people you should avoid being near them.

If your test result comes back negative you can leave isolation.

Find out what to do if you test positive.

COVID-19 vaccination – Video –  What to do if you have COVID-19 (animation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)
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If you have COVID-19 you need to isolate for at least 7 days and until your symptoms go away.

Phone or text anyone you’ve seen in the past few days, to let them know you have COVID-19.

If you used a rapid test, let your State or Territory know your results.

Rest, drink water and eat well.

If you can, order groceries or medicine online or get friends to drop them round.

If you are worried about your symptoms, or if you have other health conditions, call the National Coronavirus helpline or speak to your healthcare worker.

Remember call 000 for emergencies like if you are having trouble breathing, have chest pain or feel faint.

Visit health.gov.au to stay up to date.

COVID-19 vaccines

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your children and elders from COVID-19.

Vaccines are safe, free and available to everyone 5 years and over in Australia.

Learn more about getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Getting help

You can access a range of mental, physical and financial support. Call the National Coronavirus Helpline to be directed to a service.

1800 020 080

You can also have a yarn with a healthcare worker at an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health/medical services.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group on COVID-19 provides culturally appropriate advice to the Department of Health, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services and communities about COVID-19.


Map of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and medical services

Use this interactive map to find an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Health Service near you.

Last updated: 
17 May 2022

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