Going into a period of social distancing, self-isolation or quarantine can be daunting and overwhelming. Being aware of how you’re feeling and knowing what you can do to look after your mental wellbeing is an important part of staying healthy during this challenging time.
Whether you, or someone you know may be feeling anxious, stressed or worried, support is available:
For more information and resources, visit the Head to Health mental health and COVID-19 website
If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on Triple Zero (000).
The need for social distancing, self-isolation and quarantine during this pandemic means you may be at greater risk of experiencing domestic and family violence.
You have the right to feel safe in your home. If you feel unsafe right now, contact emergency services on Triple Zero (000).
Whether you, or someone you know may be at risk of experiencing domestic and family violence, support is available:
For more information and resources:
Going into a period of social distancing, self-isolation or quarantine could mean working from home and/or home schooling for you and your family. The change in routine can have adverse effects for those involved.
If you have any concerns or you believe that you or your child needs assistance, support is available:
People who are most at risk of serious illness from coronavirus include:
Therefore, if you fall within any of the above categories, it is important that you take extra steps to protect yourself. Whether this means practicing social distancing, self-isolation and quarantine, support is available:
For more information and resources, visit the Department of Health website for older people.
People with disability may experience unique challenges while social distancing, in self-isolation and quarantine as they may rely on support and assistance from family members, carers and support workers.
If you are with disability or know someone who is, support is available:
For more information and resources, visit the Department of Health website for people with disability.
If English is not your primary language, you can find information and resources about COVID-19 available below:
Doctors, nurses and mental health professionals can now deliver services via telehealth. If you are unwell, you can have a telehealth consultation using your computer or phone.
You can find more information and a list of bulk-billed services here:
Call triple zero (000) in a COVID-19 emergency.
Call (000) if you or the patient are experiencing any of the following:
The Australian Government is rapidly establishing GP respiratory clinics around the country to clinically assess people with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms (a fever, cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat and/or tiredness).
To see if there is a GP respiratory clinic in your state/territory and near your area and how to register for an appointment, click on the link below.
Find my nearest respiratory clinic
In addition to the GP clinics, some public hospitals are also opening fever clinics. Fever clinics are generally staffed by nurses. They are not the same as a GP respiratory clinic but they also help to reduce pressure on emergency departments and other services.
Visit your state or territory health department website for more information on state and territory fever clinics and other services.
Healthcare professionals will soon be able to share your prescription with you or your pharmacist via SMS or email, if you want them to. You will still be able to get your usual medicines at PBS prices even if you cannot get a new prescription from your doctor. Discuss how to get an electronic prescription with your healthcare professional in your telehealth appointment.