Graphic: COVID 19: Responding to need
Between 02 February 2020 and 17 Dec 2020 the RFDS has conducted 2,638 patient episodes of care for confirmed or high suspected COVID-19. There have been 2,551 inter-hospital transfers and 85 primary evacuations. All patients were either confirmed or strongly suspected of having COVID-19.
86% of transfers occurred in Victoria, by road ambulance. Thankfully the Victorian hotspot was extinguished, and the South Australian flare-up was also quickly dealt with by health services and government.
RFDS Respiratory clinics have been reduced with low activity and need in the past month.
The RFDS vaccination program is likely to roll-out in the first quarter of 2021 and additional chronic disease clinics are also likely to be scheduled due to increased demand.
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 factsheets 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