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.

Nurses and midwives have a major role in treating and containing COVID-19 and in providing care for patients, residents and clients who have palliative care needs, are in the last year of life, or acutely dying as a result of COVID-19. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia recognises that in these challenging circumstances there may be a need for nurses and midwives to adjust established procedures to provide appropriate care to patients and clients.

Links to some of the key COVID-19 resources for nurses are included here. Variations in guidance between countries, states and health networks may occur. Please refer to local guidance where available and consider non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches as appropriate.




Getting more information:

Visit the National Palliative Care projects including:


Some medications listed in these guides are not available or are administered differently in Australia. See palliAGEDgp App for Australian guidance regarding medicines and dosing.

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.

Contact your local state or territory health department:

Visit the following websites:


Page updated 16 September 2020