Why people with disability are at greater risk
Serious illness from COVID-19 is a greater risk for people with disability due to:
existing chronic conditions
a weakened immune system
the impracticality of physical distancing
difficulties maintaining hygiene measures, such as wearing a face mask.
See our advice for people at risk and how to protect yourself.
The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. If you need help or support, you can call the Disability Gateway Helpline on 1800 643 787. They can make a booking for you to get vaccinated.
See our information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines.
Services and support
You can access bulk-billed telehealth services from your doctor, nurse or mental health professional via phone or videoconference.
We are fast tracking electronic prescriptions for those at greater risk of serious illness at up to 80% of general practices and community pharmacies.
Prioritising your mental health
Prioritising your mental wellbeing is an important part of staying healthy. Get help and advice about coping with anxiety and worry about COVID-19:
Use these COVID-19 resources to help promote good health and keep you and those you care for safe.
For people with disability:
- COVID-19 Planning Resource for People with Disability (Australia)
- COVID-19 hospital companion for people with disability
Information sheet for people with disability – COVID-19 oral medicines
- COVID-19 Information for Families
- Return to School for Students with Disability – COVID-19 Risk Management Plan
Information and support about COVID-19 is also available from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) website.
Contact your local state and territory health departments for information about your local health system arrangements.
You can also call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.