News and social media channels are full of updates and warnings about the outbreak of Coronavirus (also referred to as “novel coronavirus” and “2019-nCoV” and “COVID-19”).
But families have been urged by the Federal Government to follow the “clear and expert” medical advice of public health officials, rather than the sometimes conflicting advice in the public sphere.
So, here are direct links to the regularly-updated and government-issued advice about the virus and what Queensland families should do in response.
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Education, health, travel advice
Access the latest information and updates from Queensland Health.
Access the latest information and updates from the Federal Department of Health.
Access the latest information from the World Health Organisation.
Access the latest information and updates from the Queensland Department of Education.
Access the Queensland Department of Education’s learning@home website here.
Delivery of online education to students based in China factsheet produced by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.
Access the latest information and updates from the Federal Department of Education, Skills and Employment.
International Education Advice
Australian Government International Education Online has developed a web page with relevant information and updates on COVID-19.
Study Australia has been updating international students on Australia’s response to COVID-19 on a special web page.
A dedicated email: firstname.lastname@example.org and hotline – 1300 981 621 (8am to 8pm AEDST Monday to Friday) has been established to assist international students with questions or concerns relating to their study and novel coronavirus.
A National Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800 020 080 provides public health and situation informational. The line will refer requests for medical advice to registered nurses on healthdirect – 1800 022 222. The line operates Monday–Friday from 8am to 8pm, Saturdays from 8am to 5pm, and Sundays from 9am to 5pm.
International students in Australia can access support through Lifeline Australia (13 11 14), Youth Beyond Blue (1300 224 636), eheadspace (1800 650 890) and Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), for those under 25 years of age
Travel and Visas
Find the latest travel advisories here: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations
Access the latest information and updates from the Federal Department of Home Affairs.