NATSICC is trying to support our communities by sharing updates and information during the COVID Crisis. We are saddened to hear that the Covid Virus has made its way up to the Kimberley. Praying and hoping that all our communities remain safe.
We have found some online resources that may assist during this challenging time. The below resources have recently been made free for a short time:
This Way Up is based at at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. It is a specialised anxiety clinic that produces online CBT programs. They are waiving their normal fee for the month of April to assist people during the COVID 19 crisis.
Free NIV Audio Bible App
Hodder Faith are offering the NIV Audio Bible app free of charge for seven days in response to the national emergency. May God’s words bring you peace.
Google Play - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…
Apple Store - https://apps.apple.com/…/niv-audio-bible-david-…/id975117733.
Lastly, and in addition to your local State and Territory information services, please continue to check updates at naccho.org.au for information relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
Some information released by NACCHO on 31 March which you may find helpful:
Keeping your Mob safe
Everybody is at risk of contracting COVID-19 so you need to protect yourself and others in your community. Especially elders.
We all need to work together to keep our communities safe and stop the spread of the virus. Government action alone is not enough.
As the Government is undertaking a broad range of actions to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, we can all act to protect and save lives by doing three simple things:
1. Staying healthy and strong with good hygiene
Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands with soap and water (where possible) for at least 20 seconds after you cough or sneeze, go to the toilet, and before you make any food.
Cough or sneeze into your arm or inside of elbow, not your hands.
Put your tissues in the bin after you use them and wash your hands after.
Don’t touch your face.
Clean surfaces often, such as door handles, kitchen and bathroom.
Don’t hug or shake hands with people.
If you are sick with a fever, cough or sore throat and feel tired or are having trouble breathing, keep away from people and family in the community and seek medical help.
2. Protecting your communities and Elders
Don’t travel to places in your community, or other communities, unless you have to.
Stay at home and away from other people as much as you can. If you are around people, try to stay two metres away from them. That’s two big steps.
If you use medication, make sure keep taking it to stay as healthy as possible.
Don’t share cups or water bottles
Don’t smoke or share smokes with other people.
Get a flu shot and protect yourself and your family from the flu too.
3. Staying connected
It’s important we stay connected with family, friends and community.
Call people for a yarn on the phone.
Talk about the community and check if they are OK.
Talk about the virus and how to stop the spread.
Connect to family and friends on social media.
Share your tips on social media #KeepOurMobSafe
By taking action together we will slow the spread, take the pressure off our doctors and nurses and ultimately save lives – keeping your mob safe and well.
Where can I go for help?
Keep safe by knowing the symptoms of Coronavirus. The most common symptoms are fever, sore throat, cough, tiredness and difficulty breathing.
If you or are a family member are experiencing these symptoms, or you are concerned about their health, you can:
Call your local Aboriginal Medical Service, or someone you trust in the community if you feel unwell.
Call the 24-hour National COVID-19 Hotline can 1800 020 080.
Visit www.niaa.gov.au for information about remote community closures.
Check out the newest information on www.health.gov.au