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Keeping Queensland communities safe during coronavirus

Health and wellbeing in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland is a priority, especially for Elders and those with existing medical conditions.
Important health and safety measures — including maintaining good hygiene through hand washing (PDF), following social distancing rules and travel restrictions — are now in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

We know that First Nations people are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 due to a higher incidence of chronic health conditions, including diabetes, renal disease and respiratory issues.

Access to a range of intensive health services is also more challenging for those who live in remote areas of Queensland.

Additionally, the living arrangements and social connectedness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can make transmission more likely.

The Queensland Government is working in partnership with remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander councils so that local leaders can make decisions for their communities’ safety and wellbeing.

  • Travel restrictions to remote communities

    All travel restrictions, including entry and quarantine requirements, have been removed from Queensland’s remote communities.

  • Health information

    Everyone has a role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Find out about COVID-19 symptoms, prevention and where to go to for health advice.

  • Domestic and family violence

    Domestic and family violence support services are still operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some services may provide support in different ways as required under health directives.

  • Sorry Business and funerals

    There are currently restrictions in place that impact on Sorry Business and funerals. It's important to talk to your family and make alternative plans for observing these events.

  • Support for businesses and workers

    The Queensland and Australian Governments can provide advice and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses during this time.

  • Coronavirus resources

    Access factsheets and posters for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders for information about COVID-19.

Help is available

If you or someone you care about is distressed, in crisis, suicidal or needs someone to talk to, help is available. The following services provide confidential, non-judgmental support.

  • 1300 MH CALL (1300 642255) this service is a confidential mental health telephone triage service for Queenslanders that provides the first point of contact to public mental health services.
  • 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) this service provides 24 hour assessment, referral, advice, and hospital and community health centre contact details.