There’s never been a better time to focus on your health and wellbeing.
Your health is important, and your GP and the rest of your care team are still there for you – even if things are done a bit differently at the moment.
You may be able to have a phone or video appointment, or even have your medicines delivered.
Maintaining regular health check-ups can identify any early signs of health issues and finding problems early means that your chances for effective treatment are increased.
Doctors are taking all precautions to ensure your safety and that of the community, so there’s no need to put off appointments or ignore symptoms during this pandemic.
The best thing to do is to call your doctor or usual health service and ask their advice.
It’s important to phone first. If you don’t have a usual healthcare provider, you can search for one in this directory.
Always call 000 (triple zero) if there’s a medical emergency. If you need to go to a hospital emergency department, strict measures are in place to keep people safe from coronavirus.
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Due for a check-up? Feeling sick? Have a flare-up that needs attention?
If you have a long-term health condition, it’s particularly important you don’t put off contacting your usual care provider if you’re due for a check-up, feeling sick, need medications or have a flare-up that needs attention.
If you put off something that seems small now, you might end up with a bigger problem down the track.
Make sure you continue to go to any usual or scheduled appointments with your doctor. See how to access health services and medications during COVID-19 restrictions.
You may also want to develop an individual COVID-19 action plan. It can help you weigh up your risk against what is important to you.
For information on how you can stay safe and healthy read the Living well in the COVID-19 pandemic fact sheet.
It's ok if you're not feeling ok.
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly changed the way we live. To help keep us safe, it is likely that our lives will be different for a while.
When we aren’t able to see our friends and family regularly, it can be harder to keep on top of how we’re feeling.
Simply call your doctor to seek help if you are not feeling ok.
Being aware of how you’re feeling and knowing what you can do to look after your mental wellbeing is an important part of staying healthy during this challenging time.
The Black Dog Institue have a list of six things you can personally check-in on a weekly basis. You can track them on this easy-to-use template so over time you can determine when and how you can take action for your wellbeing.
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You can also find more information at:
- A HeadtoHelp hub near you - Call 1800 595 212 to speak to a trained professional
- Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service - Speak to a professional via call or live chat
- Beyond Blue — Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
- Australian Psychological Society — Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety
- Headspace — How to cope with stress related to coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Black Dog Institute — Coronavirus anxiety resources
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- Why is it important to have regular health checks?
- Coronavirus advice for people with chronic health conditions
- Looking after your mental health during coronavirus restrictions.
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