Health

Health information

If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, please call 000 for urgent medical help.

Symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • fever
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath

Other symptoms can include: runny nose, headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.

If you are sick and think you might have coronavirus, seek medical help.

You can call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 for more information. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

The Department of Health’s website has a range of information available in languages other than English to help people stay safe and minimise risks to the community.

Further in language resources can be found at www.sbs.com.au/language/coronavirus.   

COVID-19 testing and treatment

Even if you don't have a visa, or are unsure about your visa status, you must follow public health directions. If you are feeling unwell and have the symptoms, no matter how mild, you should seek medical attention and get tested for COVID-19.

Find the COVID-19 respiratory clinic nearest to you.

Stay safe

  • Always practise good hygiene, wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, cover your coughs, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Maintain social distance of at least 1.5 metres when outside your home.
  • Avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses.
  • Practise extra care if you are using public transport.
  • Avoid crowds and large public gatherings.
  • Be well informed – only use trusted official information. Download the Coronavirus Australia mobile phone app, subscribe to the Coronavirus Australia WhatsApp service, and visit www.australia.gov.au for the latest information.

Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line

The Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line informs, supports and connects older Australians.

Some older people are vulnerable to COVID-19 but less connected to the internet and in need of ways to access information for their circumstances. The Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line provides information and support.

Older Australians, their families, friends and carers can make a free phone call to 1800 171 866 if they:

  • would like to talk with someone about the COVID-19 restrictions and its impact on them
  • feel lonely or worry about a loved one
  • care for someone and need some information or someone to talk to
  • need help or advice about changing the aged care services they are receiving
  • need help to access new care services or essential supplies such as shopping
  • have concern about themselves, a friend or family member living with dementia
  • would like to arrange a one-off or regular wellbeing check for themselves, or someone else

Older Australians, their relatives, carers, friends or supporters can call 1800 171 866 from 8.30am – 6pm AEST on weekdays for any information or services they may need.