COVID-19 is a new infection to humans and every day we are learning more. Already we know that the risk of severe complications with COVID-19 infection is greater for people aged 70 years and over, people aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions (such as lung and heart conditions), people with compromised immune systems, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50 older people. Here we connect you with information intended for some of the groups at higher risk for serious COVID-19 infections. Because the situation and government response is different depending which state or territory you live in this is indicated where relevant for each resource.
Remember to talk with your doctor or care team if you have any questions or concerns.
For older people
For Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
For people with heart disease
For people with dementia
For people with diabetes
For people with respiratory disease
For people with cancer
For people with motor neurone disease (MND)
Access to medications
Getting more information
Answers to many of your questions are available on the websites listed above and on the Finding Information page.
You can also 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.
There is also a phone number of each state or territory public health agency.
You can also visit the following websites:
Page updated 11 May 2020