The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) acknowledges the concern and stress families and communities may be experiencing as we face the challenges of COVID 19 and the more recent omicron strain that is affecting many of us.

We acknowledge and thank the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service providers for the incredible work they are doing to keep mob safe, informed, prepared and connected throughout this pandemic. We acknowledge all of our members who remain connected with our mob and thank you for your tireless efforts to ensure our children, young people and families remain safe and together.

Our team has collated the below links to resources we think could help families to cope, including:

  • practical tips and information sheets on how to talk to our children and young people about COVID-19 related topics
  • activities to keep them active and connected, and
  • self-care tips for everyone

QATSICPP wishes to acknowledge our Members as well as the partners and organisations around Australia whose important work is featured in this resource.

Our children and COVID-19

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SNAICC – National Voice for our Children provides tips to help you and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Narrated by Sue-Anne Hunter, former SNAICC Sector Development Manager. Sue-Anne was appointed Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioner in May 2021. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivXZVVt5z_M 
Sourced from SNAICC

VACCA has also created two easy-to-understand story books to help children understand why they are getting tested and what will happen during the process.
Getting the COVID-19 test at home
https://www.vacca.org/content/Document/PictureBook_Getting_the_COVID_19_Test_at_Home.pdf
Getting the COVID 19 test at the testing station or hospital https://www.vacca.org/content/Document/PictureBook_Getting_the_COVID_19_Test.pdf
Sourced from VACCA 

VACCA have created a story book to help children understand why people are wearing masks during COVID-19.
Why are people covering their faces? A story for deadly kids under 12
https://www.vacca.org/content/Document/Why_are_people_covering_their_faces__COVID_19_A4_V1_200819.pdf
Sourced from VACCA 

Wellbeing information for young people

Young people within the programs at Morwell VACCA created this deadly ‘COVID Safe’ music clip to spread the message about COVID-19 and help young people stay safe and strong.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWN1d1wRNJQ
Sourced from VACCA 

As strong leaders of change in our communities, young people are in a great position to talk to others about vaccine hesitancy. Download a tip sheet developed by VACCA for having these conversations here.
https://www.vacca.org/content/Document/Tips%20Kids%20Vaccinations%205-11yrs%20A3.pdf
Sourced from VACCA 

 

 Chatsafe – Top 10 safety tips for young people using social media.
https://www.kurbingui.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Top-10-Tips.pdf
Sourced from Kurbingui

Activities for keeping children physically, emotionally and spiritually strong

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Compiled by the QATSICPP team are some deadly activities for kids – suitable for ages 0-5, 5-10 and 10-13 years of age.
https://www.qatsicpp.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/QATSICPP-Activities-for-kids-during-COVID-19.pdf

ATSICHS Brisbane has developed fun activities to help keep children active, busy and engaged.
Colouring IActivities 
https://atsichsbrisbane.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/48113-CFC-Colouring-in-Book-FINAL.pdf
Sourced from ATSICHS Brisbane 

Keep your children busy and engaged
https://atsichsbrisbane.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/DC-Covid19-Home-Kit-Jarjums.pdf
Sourced from ATSICHS Brisbane

Self-care tips for parents and care givers

Do you have questions about the vaccine? Worried about getting children vaccinated?

Visit the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council’s Make The Choice website to hear from mob about why they made the choice to get vaccinated, and where to find more information so you can make an informed choice for you and your family.

https://www.makethechoice.com.au/

Caught in a whirlpool of worry and stress by Covid-19?

Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia, the new national Indigenous wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention leadership body, and Yamurrah present a three-step process to help you work out what you’re feeling and help change any problem thoughts.

https://www.gayaadhuwi.org.au/coronavirus/covid-worry/

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Listen to Sue-Anne Hunter, former SNAICC Sector Development Manager and proud Wurundjeri and Ngurai illum wurrung woman, with these useful tips to help us during this difficult time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

With a background in trauma-informed practice, Sue-Anne talks about coping strategies
through the four spirit elements of nature and the importance of Dadirri “deep listening”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l77gIv987CY

Listen to Sue-Anne Hunter, former SNAICC Sector Development Manager and proud Wurundjeri and Ngurai illum wurrung woman, with these useful tips to help us during this difficult time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

With a background in trauma-informed practice, Sue-Anne talks about coping strategies
through the four spirit elements of nature and the importance of Dadirri “deep listening”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l77gIv987CY

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Listen to Sue-Anne Hunter, former SNAICC Sector Development Manager and proud Wurundjeri and Ngurai illum wurrung woman, with these useful tips to help us during this difficult time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

With a background in trauma-informed practice, Sue-Anne talks about coping strategies
through the four spirit elements of nature and the importance of Dadirri “deep listening”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l77gIv987CY

Yarn with mob about vaccinations and support

Mob Link
For South East Queensland, Mob Link is an initiative of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in SEQ by linking them with health and social services.  
https://www.iuih.org.au/our-services/mob-link-connecting-with-mob-during-covid/
Sourced from IUIH

Want to contribute?

Should your organisation wish to contribute to this page, please send the information to administration@qatsicpp.com.au