SNAICC is listening to our supporters, members and organisations to identify key issues impacting children and families from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
We are here to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families by:
- advocating through various channels for government support
- developing practical tools, resources and information
- sharing examples of innovation, good practice and critical support
The impact of coronavirus is far reaching – affecting our early years services and support services for our families and communities.
As the virus spreads throughout Australia, the vulnerability of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is worrying to our children, families and communities.
COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker
Use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to find out when and where you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Check out this vaccine toolkit for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (NSW Government)
SNAICC is concentrating our efforts on the development of targeted resources that will ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children remain connected to their communities, country and culture throughout this challenging period.
Here we have compiled a number of resources to help better understand the impacts of COVID-19 coronavirus, and help our children, carers and families get through this difficult time. Please reach out to your local, state and territory services for information specific to your area.
If there is any resources you would like to share, please email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare workers are saying about the COVID-19 vaccines, and why the vaccines are important to keeping the community safe.
You can access all these videos and listen to more Aboriginal healthcare workers talk about vaccination on the Department of Health website
New South Wales resources – July 2021
We have pulled together a file of cultural resources from NSW Health and the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW that may be helpful for you to share online and via social media, including posters and information for families. There are also some little story books that can be either used by educators or passed on to parents and carers relating to coronavirus which are easy for our little ones to understand.
Here are some additional videos to assist in understanding the spread of COVID-19 and the use of masks:
Australian Government – variety of resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and remote communities, about coronavirus / coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert / Health Direct coronavirus / Key updates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
CAAC (NT) – COVID-19 information
Keogh Bay – free e-learning package about coronavirus
National Coronavirus Health Information Line – phone 1800 020 080
NACCHO – Aboriginal Health News Alerts
World Health Organization – latest updates / helping children cope with stress during the outbreak
Northern Land Council – Short films about coronavirus in NT Aboriginal languages
Advice for early years services
Aus Gov – Department of Education, Skills and Employment – advice for early years services
For children and families
ABC Behind the News – coronavirus questions from primary school children
ABC Parental as Anything – radio program on talking to children about coronavirus
Australian Red Cross – talking to children and young people about COVID-19
Emerging Minds – supporting children during the outbreak
Nurse Dotty Books – Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus
Yarn Strong Sista – activities and instructional videos
Mental health and wellbeing
Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia – free posters with tips for staying healthy and strong during coronavirus
Heart Foundation – tips for staying active
National Mental Health Commission – National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan
ReachOut – coping during coronavirus
Smiling Mind – free mindfulness app
Youth NT – virtual activities
Safety for children
AFSS (SA) – information on services
AMSANT (NT) – COVID-19 resources
eSafety Commissioner – tips on how to stay safe online
Family Matters – community resource guides (child protection intervention)
ICPS – Practice support
Supporting carers to care for our children – resources for carers
VACCA (Victoria) – resources for community members
Supplies and resources
SecondBite – works in the Northern Territory and Western Australia for people to access fresh, nutritious food
Share the Dignity – gives sanitary products to women in need
Essentials for Women – empowering women in need
Basics for Blokes (Perth, WA) – basic supplies for men
Fun resources for kids at home
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
Share a picture on social media showing how your child/children are keeping connected to culture during the COVID-19 lock down. Please use @SNAICC and hashtag #KidsConnectedtoCulture
Indigenous Literacy Foundation – share your favourite book on social media with the #greatstoryswap
Keep checking back as we add more resources to this page