To help reduce our risk and keep well it is important that we stay as healthy as possible.
Keep well - manage your health conditions
Keep seeing your GP as you need: Although there are some restrictions on our usual activities, our GPs and other health workers are still available. Call your GP first to find out if you should attend in person for an appointment. You may be able to have a consultation over the phone or through a video service such as Skype.
Those people with long-term conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma or other respiratory disorders need to continue to manage these conditions to stay as well as possible. As always, check with your GP if your symptoms change or you experience any new problems. Make sure that your management plan is up to date. If you don’t have a management plan, talk to your doctor to get one started.
Don’t miss your medication out of fear of seeing your doctor. You may be able to have a new prescription sorted out over the phone. This can be sent directly to your nominated chemist for collection.
If you are feeling unwell with an ongoing health concern or something new, don’t ignore it, our health services are here to help. The changes to our usual lives by COVID-19 are being felt by all of us, but its impact is greater for some. If you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed about the impact on your life, speak to your doctor. If you don’t have a GP use this service finder to locate one in your area.
Keep connected – to support organisations
There is a range of health organisations dedicated to supporting people with chronic disease that also have specific information about maintaining good health during COVID-19:
- Arthritis Australia
- Asthma Australia, The Asthma Helpline 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) can provide specific information to a person with asthma, or their carer, about the impact of COVID-19 on asthma and how to continue managing Asthma during the pandemic.
- Cancer Council
- Diabetes Australia
- Heart Foundation
- Kidney Health Australia
- Lung Foundation Australia
- Royal District Nursing Service is continuing to provide its valuable home-based services during this COVID-19 period. Appropriate procedures are in place to ensure the safety of patients and workers.
- SA Dental Service clinics provide dental services across the state for eligible adults and children. This website provides information about how to access dental services and how you can keep your teeth and mouth healthy.
Keep your vaccinations up to date
Make sure you and your family have a Flu Vaccination if you can. Free flu vaccinations are available for some people. These include:
- those aged over 65 years
- individuals with chronic medical conditions
- Aboriginal people older than 6 months
- pregnant women
- children aged 6 months to 5 years
You can get vaccinated at your GP, some pharmacies or local councils. Some workplaces also offer free flu vaccinations.
And don’t forget other routine vaccinations for children and adults that are part of the National Immunisation Schedule. Keeping to the immunisation schedule for your baby or young children is essential for their long-term immunity
Get Healthy – free coaching to help you keep healthy
By moving and staying healthy we can also help boost our immune systems.
Making healthy choices sometimes sounds simple, but can be harder than you think. There are many websites offering advice and services, some good and some maybe not so good. Seek information from reliable sources such as SA Health or HealthDirect.
The Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service is free to all South Australian adults. Get Healthy will provide you with a personal coach to help you set goals, advise on healthier behaviours and keep you motivated. With your coach’s support, you can stay on track to achieve the changes you want - to eat better, be more active, manage your weight and feel healthier.
Primary Health Networks (PHNs)
The Adelaide Primary Health Network and Country SA Primary Health Network work to support the following primary health care providers to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health services for patients:
- primary health care providers
- practice nurses
- community allied health
While much of the work of PHNs is directed at health professionals, they also support delivery of some services for patients and the public. Currently the PHNs are supporting the delivery of new GP-led Respiratory Clinics. These clinics are assessing anyone experiencing mild to moderate respiratory conditions to identify if the cause is COVID-19. More details and information on how to access these clinics is available here:
Other services provided to the community through the PHNs, such as mental health, alcohol and drug counselling, immunisation, and chronic disease management are continuing where COVID-19 restrictions allow. The PHN websites provide information about these services: