State-run PCR clinics now test everyone for COVID-19, influenza A, influenza B and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).
If you have tested positive to any of these illnesses, the care you need is available for you. Find out more in the links below.
Some people are at higher-risk of severe disease from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. These people may be eligible for special medications that help treat respiratory illness. These medications are known as antiviral medicines, or simply ‘antivirals’. Antivirals help reduce the severity of illness and reduce the risk of hospitalisation.
If you believe you are at higher-risk and eligible for antiviral medication, you should contact your regular GP or health care provider as soon as possible. If you have tested positive to COVID-19 or flu and do not have a regular GP or they are not available:
- doctors at GP-led respiratory clinics across the state can provide guidance on how to access antivirals. Find out more about GP-led Respiratory Clinics including how to book an appointment
- call the COVID@homeplus team on 1800 973 363 to discuss your care options
- the National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080 can provide general guidance on antivirals
- or contact an afterhours doctors service
Not everyone is eligible for antiviral medication and people who are eligible for antivirals to treat flu may not be eligible for antivirals to treat COVID-19.
People who are high-risk and eligible for antiviral medication to treat COVID-19
People who are high-risk and eligible for antiviral medication to treat flu
Senior Australians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may be eligible for antiviral treatments if you are:
Risk factors for these groups include:
People aged 18 years and older
If you test positive for COVID-19 and are moderately to severely immunocompromised, you may be eligible for antiviral treatments.
Positive COVID-19 test result
What to do if you have tested positive for COVID-19 and care options available for you
Borderline or equivocal or COVID-19 test result
Find out what a “borderline” or “equivocal” test result means
COVID-19 antiviral medication
More information for people who may be eligible for antiviral medication and how to access medication
Positive Influenza (flu) A or B test result
What to do if you have tested positive for flu and information on antiviral medication including how to access medication
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