COVID-19

CATSINaM is supporting members to keep up to date with COVID-19 by creating a resource hub of key information and facts. We recognise that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (including students) are working hard and supporting their families and communities. You are our heroes and we are proud of the work you are doing, please look after yourselves at this difficult time.

Please find the latest COVID-19 Updates from the Australian Government Department of Health here, or link to COVID-19 Resources.

Where to get the jab?

Find out where you you can get vaccinated and even book in an appointment by clicking this link and answering the required questions. You can do this for yourself or another person.

Don’t forget you can also call your local GP, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service (ATSICCHS) or pharmacy to see if they are giving out jabs.

Remember, it is #OurJobToProtectMob

AHPRA position statement on the COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccination is a crucial part of the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many registered health practitioners will have a vital role in COVID-19 vaccination programs and in educating the public about the importance and safety of COVID-19 vaccines to ensure high participation rates.
National Boards strongly encourage all registered health practitioners and students (particularly those undertaking placements in various practice settings) to have the full COVID-19 vaccination course as scheduled unless medically contraindicated.
National Boards expect registered health practitioners and students to:

  1. be appropriately qualified and trained to administer COVID-19 vaccines if authorised, and
  2. provide accurate information and advice about COVID-19 vaccination including in social media and advertising.

Any promotion of anti-vaccination statements or health advice which contradicts the best available scientific evidence or seeks to actively undermine the national immunisation campaign (including via social media) is not supported by National Boards and may be in breach of the codes of conduct and subject to investigation and possible regulatory action

To read the entire position statement, click here.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Peak Bodies

CATSINaM, AIDA, IAHA & NATSIHWA have developed a range of resources for members to use across their workplaces, homes, and communities.
Please download;

Please find more information from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Peak Bodies at their websites below;

CarerHelp

CarerHelp is designed to assist people who are caring for someone who is at the end of life. They provided information and advice on how carers can be better prepared in the form of learning modules, links to useful caring resources, videos of carer experiences, and factsheets.

The information about the COVID-19 pandemic is complex and changing daily and we have created this summary to assist you with some of the key facts. Please update your details to ensure you receive the most up-to-date information here.

CATSINaM Resources

Click here for an overview of COVID-19 including tips to identify signs and ways to keep you and your family safe.

Free Online Training for Health Professionals

The Commonwealth Government COVID-19 online training program is available for health professionals working across health and aged care. 

The Commission

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has developed advice to support health service organisations to undertake a COVID-19 risk assessment and develop a comprehensive Risk Management Plan. 

The fact sheet COVID-19: Infection prevention and control risk management is now available.

For further information, visit the COVID-19 page on the Commission’s website or email HAI@safetyandquality.gov.au.

Other Resources

Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia, the new national Indigenous wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention leadership body, have launched two additional wellbeing and mental health support posters for Indigenous Australians for staying healthy and strong during the coronavirus outbreak. Please find more information here

If you have any queries or concerns or just want a yarn please contact the CATSINaM Team on 1300 CATSINaM (02 6262 5761) or by email at admin@catsinam.org.au


Acknowledgement of Country

The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this Nation.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which our company is located and where we conduct our business. We pay our respects to Countries, Creator, Ancestors and Elders, past, present and future.

CATSINaM is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website may contain images, videos, voices and names of people who have since passed away.