Coronavirus link collection
Where to find information
Central to an effective response to the virus is prompt and trustworthy information for all of us to understand and share.
Australia will deal with COVID-19 best if we all inform ourselves and act in the best health interests of ourselves, our family and our community.
We are collating this list of links for health consumers, health consumer representatives and consumer organisations in NSW on where to find such information. The list is by no means extensive or complete, but we are updating the content regularly and are adding more resources and information as we find it.
The most trustworthy and up-to-date information is posted daily on these official websites:
Information for health consumers
Federal Government Coronavirus App
WhatsApp – On your phone with WhatsApp, to join the WhatsApp channel – message +61 400 253 787, or go to http://aus.gov.au/whatsapp and send your mobile number, or for a QR code go to https://web.whatsapp.com/.
A service which provides trusted, quality health information online and over the phone – Healthdirect has expanded their services with a Coronavirus Helpline – 1800 020 080 and a coronavirus hub: www.healthdirect.gov.au/coronavirus
Good, easy to understand, information from Australian GPs about what it means to be in isolation with COVID-19 and practical steps for managing it (plus more coronavirus information): www.gps-can.com.au/covid19-: basics
Coronavirus information for specific disease groups, local groups and groups in the community
Council for Intellectual Disability: An easy-read, basic English brochure staying safe from coronavirus: https://cid.org.au/our-stories/staying-safe-from-coronavirus/
Health Translations: Victorian-based Health Translations has resources and factsheets translated into Chinese, Korean, Italian and Farsi (Persian).
SBS: Information in different community languages: https://www.sbs.com.au/language/coronavirus
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia: Factsheets and other info: https://www.prostate.org.au/
Cancer Council has a range of information for people with cancer and their carers: https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/get-support/covid-19/?utm_source=edm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nsw_emergency_mar_20&utm_content=1ememergency1920
Bowel Cancer Australia: https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/media-centre/covid-19-bowel-cancer
Staying mentally healthy
Beyond Blue – They have updated their dedicated information page about mental health and the coronavirus. At bb.org.au/33e5eOL, you can find information about how to look after yourself and others during periods of self-isolation, as well as practical tips and advice about managing feelings of uncertainty, stress and anxiety. Although an important measure, self-isolation may cause feelings of loneliness so it can help to stay connected with friends, family and colleagues through any methods available to you.
They also have an online forum with a thread about ‘Coping with coronavirus’. It is a safe place where anyone can share how they’re feeling and offer support to those affected: bb.org.au/33cNdQU
You can reach Beyond Blue Support Service 24/7 on 1300 22 4636 or at beyondblue.org.au/getsupport for online chat (3pm-12am AEST) and email (responses within 24 hours).
Lifeline – For immediate support call Lifeline on 13 11 14
In an emergency, always call triple zero (000).