Protect your mob and stop the spread

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Protect your mob and stop the spread

How you can stay healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 presents risks for everybody in the community, but it is a greater risk for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people living in remote communities.

There are higher rates of other health issues in these communities and it can be harder to access health care. People in the community are very mobile and often rely more on outreach services in remote places.

How to help stop the spread:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water (where possible) for at least 20 seconds. Do this after you cough or sneeze, go to the toilet, and before making any food
  • Cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow, not your hands
  • Put your tissues in the bin after you use them and wash your hands afterwards
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Clean surfaces often, such as door handles, kitchen and bathroom benchtops
  • Don’t hug or shake hands with people
  • Keep away from people and family in the community if you are sick with a fever, cough or sore throat or are having trouble breathing — and seek medical help

Protect your community and Elders by:

  • Not travelling 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 1.5 metres away from them
  • Keep taking any medicines you use — this way you’ll stay as healthy as possible
  • Not sharing cups or water bottles
  • Not smoking or sharing cigarettes with other people
  • Getting a flu shot to protect yourself and your family from the flu

Where you can get help

National Coronavirus Helpline

Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19). The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

1800 200 080

Eastern Health Aboriginal Health Team

We are a community-based health service located in Healesville that is accessible by Aboriginal people and their families living anywhere in Eastern Health’s catchment. The service adopts a holistic approach in line with cultural best-practice and, as such, provides a broad range of services which are available both on-site in Healesville and through home visits and outreach.

Call (03) 5957 1100  or email

Your GP

GPs are still open and many are providing consultations over the phone and via video calls. Please call your regular doctor for more information.

For more information, visit the Australian Government website here.