Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health news

Read our latest news items related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.


Future changes to the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (PHMSS)

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (PHMSS) helps entry-level First Nations health students complete their studies and join the health workforce.

First Nations mental health and wellbeing support

This year, Australia will hold a referendum to decide whether to change the Constitution to establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice (the Voice). If talk of the Voice is affecting your wellbeing, it is important to know there is support available.

Childhood immunisation – One more way to keep them safe

Learn more about childhood immunisation and how to protect your kids with free routine immunisations.

Keep your lungs strong and healthy this winter with Lung Foundation Australia

Make time for your lungs. Learn about lung health and how you can best protect your mob from lung disease.

Protect yourself and your mob from the flu this winter

Influenza (also known as 'flu') is a highly contagious illness caused by the influenza virus. There are simple things you can do to protect yourself and your mob from flu.


A social and emotional wellbeing self-help app for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over who are feeling sad and down, might be having thoughts of hurting themselves and have access to a smartphone or tablet/iPad and data for downloading.

Autism, Our Kids, Our Stories

Positive Partnerships is proud to offer a new resource called Autism, Our Kids, Our Stories: Voices of Aboriginal Parents Across Australia, to address the lack of awareness or recognition of autism in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Young Deadly Free – Safe sex and sexual health

Practising safe sex is everyone's responsibility. Reduce the risk of infection by using condoms and getting regular sexual health checks.

Healthy Lunchbox Week

Thinking about what we feed our bodies every day is important to stay well and strong. Learn how to pack healthy lunches like Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly & Community Health Service Inc. for Healthy Lunchbox Week.

Strong Born

The Strong Born campaign raises awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in rural and remote communities. The campaign addresses the harms of drinking alcohol while pregnant and breastfeeding.

New provider resources about influenza vaccination for First Nations’ people

Vaccination providers play an important role in offering influenza vaccines for First Nations people. New resources are now available to support vaccination providers in having conversations with First Nations’ families.

Early cancer detection and screening for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

It’s easy to forget about cancer screening. But detecting cancer early saves lives. Learn more about cancer screening programs and how to enter the Beautiful Shawl competition.

How to deal with loneliness and get support

Everyone feels down sometimes, but if it’s constant you may want support. Learn some ways to keep yourself strong and how to reach out for help.


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Keep your spirit strong this holiday season

Most people look forward to the holiday season, but others may find it a challenging time for many different reasons. It is not uncommon for people to feel isolated, sad or anxious, so you’re not alone if you find yourself feeling down this Christmas.

Updated eligibility for COVID-19 oral treatment

Some people who are at higher risk of getting very ill from COVID-19 are eligible for the COVID-19 oral treatments.

Stay COVIDSafe

During the upcoming holidays it is important that we stay COVIDSafe. As we start to enjoy our summer, we need to be aware the next wave of COVID-19 has arrived. Cases are again on the increase. We know that what can be a mild illness for some people can be life threatening for others.

Changes to the Practice Incentives Program Indigenous Health Incentive

Updates to the Practice Incentives Program Indigenous Health Incentive (PIP IHI) aim to improve continuity of care and health outcomes for First Nations people with chronic disease.

Cancer Australia – Yarn for Life

Cancer Australia’s Yarn for Life is the first national cancer awareness campaign developed for and by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

ATAGI recommend the COVID-19 vaccination for some children aged 6 months to under 5 years

Australia’s immunisation experts, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, recommend COVID-19 vaccination for some children aged 6 months to under 5 years who have an increased risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccination will help reduce this risk.

Take a Step

Did you know that in Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 24 years and under are 3 times more likely than other young people to die by suicide?

The Connection

The Connection is the Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA’s) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service run by and for the Indigenous community.

Keep Your Spirit Strong

During COVID-19 many people face challenges that have impacted their mental health. The ‘Keep Your Spirit Strong’ project aims to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders take important steps to ensure they are prioritising their social and emotional wellbeing.

Stay COVID-19 safe!

Masks help protect people from viruses like COVID-19 and help stop them from spreading between people. Wearing a mask is something easy that you can do to protect yourself.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Getting a regular Kidney Health Check is important because often there are no warning signs for sick kidneys. That’s why kidney disease is sometimes called a ‘silent disease’.
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