Communicating with Indigenous communities
The Australian Government is providing funding to First Nations Media Australia (FNMA) to help the First Nations broadcasting and media sector distribute government messaging about COVID-19.
The funding will also support local broadcasters to produce and broadcast health and safety materials to address local issues, concerns and misinformation. It will also help broadcasters engage the support of local elders and leaders to pass on the importance and gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are a number of information sheets, videos and content tailored for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences produced by reputable sources, including materials in local languages. The following links will take you to these resources where you will also find links to share the messages on social media platforms.
Department of Health
Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and remote communities are available at:
General health communications resources are available for download at:
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
NACCHO is the peak body for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector in Australia. NACCHO is part of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group on COVID-19 and providing relevant clinical information to Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services. Their sharable resources are available at:
State and Territory Governments
Specific localised resources for Indigenous residents are available at the following pages.
Northern Territory: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/community-advice/remote-communities
First Nations Media Australia
Resources for broadcasters, including audio, video and social media assets.
Land Councils and other Aboriginal Organisations
Northern Land Council has produced a series of video, including in language, and information sheets
Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Ltd (KAMS): https://kams.org.au/covid19-resources/
Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet: https://healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/learn/health-topics/infectious-conditions/covid-19-updates-and-information/
Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council: https://www.ahmrc.org.au/coronavirus/
Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory: http://www.amsant.org.au/covid-19/
A video message from Little J for younger audiences