COVID-19 is still with us. Follow these 6 simple steps to help prevent severe illness and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community:
Getting vaccinated protects you against COVID-19, helps prevent you from getting seriously ill and reduces the spread of COVID-19 to others.
COVID-19 vaccines are available free for everyone aged 5 and over at pharmacies and GPs.
You should take a RAT:
- if you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if they’re very mild
- if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 before visiting a hospital, aged care facility, or disability care facility
- before visiting elderly people, people with disability or people at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness.
COVID-19 can spread before you have symptoms. You can protect others by checking that you are negative before you leave home.
If you are at high risk of severe illness and have symptoms, you should speak to a GP about a PCR test even if you have tested negative on a RAT. This is so you can get any help you need, including , as quickly as possible.
There are medicines to:
- treat COVID-19 symptoms if you get infected
- reduce your chances of getting COVID-19.
Some of these medicines are called ‘oral treatments’ or 'antivirals'. They stop people from getting so sick that they need to go to hospital.
You need to start taking oral antiviral COVID-19 medicine within 5 days of getting sick. This is why it is important to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as you notice any symptoms. You should take the medicine even if your symptoms are mild.
For people with a disability, this may be a particularly challenging time due to uncertainty, increased social isolation or financial hardship. The impact can be significant especially for those with cognitive impairment and those already living with complex mental health issues.
Mental wellbeing resources for your support:
- Contact the on (available Monday to Friday 8 am to 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 7 pm) for information or help for COVID-19.
- You can visit the webpage for tips to look after your mental health.
- You can also get help through the service on to get free one-on-one support for your mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic. is funded by the Victorian Government.
- Contact the on available 24/7 or online chat (3 pm to 12 am, 7 days a week).
- Remain connected with friends and family members and seek out peer support groups such as
Support for children, young people and families
Resources for families with children with disability:
- Visit the web page for information and resources to support families and children with disability. You can also call them on or (regional).
- I CAN Network provides online peer mentoring sessions for autistic young people aged 9 to 20. Find out more about the on their web page.
- Visit a group nearest you. MyTime is free support for all parents and family carers of children with disability. MyTime is a place to socialise, to discuss, to get information, and to support and be supported by other carers.
- Visit the webpage for information about autism and supports for autistic people, parents and carers, other family members and professionals. They have free online learning resources and a directory of support groups.