COVID-19 (coronavirus) resources

Cystic Fibrosis Community Care is working to keep everyone in our community safe during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We have compiled a list of up-to-date resources on websites for you to visit, depending on what questions you might have.

This page provides links to general information only. For specific information about your personal health concerns, CF and COVID-19, please contact your CF clinic team.

Quick links

 

How do I find out the latest information about COVID-19?

Who can I talk to about my concerns?

  • National Central Patient COVID-19 Triage Hotline:  Ph 1800 020 080 – a 24 hours a day, seven days a week phone line to help triage people with respiratory symptoms and those who are concerned about contact with a possible COVID-19 case
  • Healthdirect helpline: Ph 1800 022 222 – a 24 hours a day, seven days a week phone line where you can speak to a registered nurse for advice if you are feeling unwell and are not sure what you should do
  • Victorian Coronavirus hotline: Ph 1800 675 398 – if you are located in Victoria, you can call if you suspect you may have COVID-19

What has my CF clinic or hospital put in place?

Do I need to change how I clean my nebulisers and equipment?

Philips has released a fact sheet about cleaning and disinfection guidance for a range of respiratory products.

Where are the screening clinics?

There are a number of COVID-19 screening clinics across Victoria and NSW:

The services are staffed by emergency department clinicians for people suspected of having the COVID-19 infection. No referral is required.

How do I find out more about self-isolation?

  • Healthdirect: information on what is isolation or self-isolation and how to do it.

You’ve probably heard a lot about social distancing over the past few weeks. Have you wondered what it means from a practical point of view? If you have, Louisa Walsh has shared her approach in an opinion piece with the Heart Lung Transplant Trust Victoria Inc.

How do I get help with groceries and medication?

Groceries

If your usual supermarket does not have the food items you need or can’t deliver to you, look into local businesses such as your local grocer, baker and butcher. Also, consider food home delivery services such as food co-ops and companies that deliver boxes of ingredients you prepare or pre-prepared fresh/frozen meals.

Medication

  • The Home Medicines Service is a new government initiative that is available for people in home isolation and for vulnerable patient groups. This service
    provides free home delivery of medications from your local pharmacies. For more information, visit the Home Medicines Service website or contact your pharmacy.
  • Fast Track Electronic Prescribing: a fact sheet from the federal Department of Health about ePrescribing for GPs and pharmacies

Contact your hospital pharmacy to discuss whether they can deliver your medication to your local pharmacy to reduce your need to go to the hospital.

How do I get help with financial, government and legal support?

Financial support

Government support

Legal support

  • Victorian Legal Aid: has published a page on its website that discusses the issues around COVID-19 and provides resources for assistance

How can I exercise at home?

  • CFYogi provides free yoga classes to the CF community.
  • Beam is a website about physical activity for people with CF that is offering a free trial of content and classes.

What is the latest information about the impact on schools and early childhood centres?

  • The Australian Government’s Department of Health has released a fact sheet for schools, early childhood centres, students and parents here
  • Visit the Victorian Department of Education and Training’s web page for updates related to education and COVID-19
  • The NSW Department of Education and Training has information about COVID-19 for public schools here
  • CF Smart: posters, videos, fact sheets about CF, handwashing, and more for teachers, schools and daycare centres

What advice is there for people talking to children about COVID-19?

  • SchoolTV: a short video talking about how parents can involve children in planning and preparedness at home, assigning jobs and roles, and teaching them ways to look after themselves
  • COVIBOOK: a short PDF book to support and reassure our children under the age of seven
  • CF Smart: videos and information about CF, handwashing, and more for children
  • Handwashing and germs videos: by CF Western Australia

What is the latest information about the impact on higher education facilities?

The Australian Government’s Department of Health has released a fact sheet of information on COVID-19 for universities, higher education and vocational facilities, students and staff.

What are my rights and responsibilities in the workplace?

What is the advice about travelling?