For the Community

COVID-19 has been identified as a key issue for health and aged care. The Australian Government has adopted a whole of government emergency response which provides a framework for preparing for, responding to and managing COVID-19 in Australia.

COVID-19 infection can be more severe for people aged 70 years and over, people aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions, people with compromised immune systems, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50.

If you think you may have COVID-19 infection you can use the Healthdirect Symptom Checker to find out if you need to contact your doctor or the hotline for advice.

Older people and their carers can also ring the free OPAN hotline for COVID-19 with any questions they have 1800 171 866

Cononavirus (COVID-19) Check your symptoms healthdirect link to site


Having access to information and resources that you can trust is important. Here we provide this for older people with palliative care needs and their carers and family. Remember to talk with your doctor or care team if you have any questions or concerns.

Getting more information

You can call the National Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

The phone number of each state or territory public health agency is available at https://www.health.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/local-state-and-territory-health-departments.

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Page updated 04 February 2021