Keeping yourself and the person you care for well

  • cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • dispose of tissues properly
  • wash your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet.
  • wash your hands for 20 seconds (sing “Happy Birthday” twice)
  • use alcohol-based hand sanitisers
  • regularly clean and disinfect surfaces
  • if you are sick, avoiding contact with others and stay more than 1.5 metres away from people
  • clean and sanitise frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys and wallets

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Arrange a review treatment plan with your GP or specialist – if you feel unsafe or unsure about sitting in the doctor's surgery, ask if you can have a phone appointment. The Australian Government has announced that telehealth consultations for people who are:

  • isolating at home
  • aged over 70
  • identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and are aged over 50
  • have chronic health conditions or who are immune-compromised
  • are pregnant or are parents with new babies

will be bulk billed if your doctor is willing to engage through telehealth and accepts bulk billing. This means you can continue treatment from doctors, nurses and mental health practitioners from home.