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Support for people with COVID-19

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If you develop severe symptoms such as severe shortness of breath or chest pain, call triple zero (000) immediately and tell the call handler and the paramedics on arrival if you have COVID-19.

Can I get my medicines delivered to me at home?

If you’re isolating at home — or if you’re an older or other vulnerable Australian — you may be able to have Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicines delivered to you at home.

The Australian Government’s temporary Home Medicines Service will operate until 30 June 2022. Eligible people can use this delivery service once a month.

Your local pharmacy can explain how to use the service so you can safely obtain your medicines without leaving home.

FIND A HEALTH SERVICE — The Service Finder can help you find doctors, pharmacies, hospitals and other health services.

How can I get food and essential supplies?

Consider asking friends, family members or neighbours — who don’t live with you and who aren’t self-isolating — to obtain food or essential supplies for you. They should drop these items at your door but shouldn’t come into your accommodation.

You may also be able to order your groceries and other items online. The major supermarkets have increased their capacity for home deliveries and you can order take-away food from restaurants that use a home-delivery service.

To search for local emergency relief and food relief providers, go to the Department of Social Service Grants Service Directory: serviceproviders.dss.gov.au. For 'Service type', select, 'Financial Crisis and Material Aid ‐ Emergency Relief' or 'Financial Crisis and Material Aid - Food Relief'.

I feel very depressed and anxious because of COVID-19. Can you help me?

Feelings of anxiety, distress and concern are normal — there are several steps you can take to look after your mental health.

Learn more here about managing your mental health and who you can reach out to for help.

Where can I find information about how COVID-19 is managed in my state or territory?

For more information on what to do if you have COVID-19, visit your state or territory website:

Looking for more information?

Visit healthdirect's COVID-19 information hub for more answers to questions about the coronavirus, including vaccinations and restrictions.

Resources in other languages

COVID-19 resources in other languages are available from the Department of Health, as well as from the ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic and WA health departments.

Information is also available in Aboriginal languages (NT).

Learn more here about the development and quality assurance of healthdirect content.

Last reviewed: January 2022


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