Graphic: COVID 19: Responding to need
Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, the RFDS has conducted 2,863 patient episodes of care for confirmed or high suspected COVID-19. There have been 2,778 inter-hospital transfers and 85 primary evacuations. All patients were either confirmed or strongly suspected of having COVID-19.
Over the same period the RFDS has conducted 174 Respiratory Clinics in remote areas, where we have seen 376 patients.
As part of the National COVID-19 response group, the RFDS is working closely with the Commonwealth Government as their staged roll-out of the vaccine moves forward, and our service plans for vaccination are being fleshed out. Details will be announced once finalised.
If you have questions about what the Corona Virus COVID-19 is, what the symptoms are, how it spreads, or what local state restrictions mean for you personally, you can learn more at the Department of Health website and Healthdirect Australia website. The Healthdirect Australia Pregnancy, Birth and Baby website also includes COVID-19 information for pregnancy and parenting and their Maternal Child Health Nurses are equipped for COVID-19 questions from anxious parents, via video call or phone 1800 882 436.
If you are unsure on what COVID restrictions are in your state or territory, you can get the latest information using the COVID Restriction Checker to find out what you can or can't do.
The RFDS has factsheets on prevention, symptoms and what to do if you feel you may have COVID-19. These can be downloaded below.
First Nations Peoples
The National Justice Project, National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) and UTS Jumbunna have worked together to clarify and communicate restrictions relating to COVID-19 activities for First Nations people living in remote communities across the country to ensure that those living in these communities are aware of their rights under the lockdown measures, as they currently stand.
Their fact sheets summarise the various public health directions issued as a result of the pandemic in each State and Territory and address the stricter measures being imposed on Indigenous Australians living in remote communities, including
- Caring for Elders
- Community events including Sorry business and funerals
- Restricted movement in and out of remote communities
- Police enforcement powers and penalties and how best to respond to police requests