Consumer information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The following information is collected from reliable sources, such as: Australian Government Department of Health, Australian Rheumatology Association, healthdirect, World Health Organisation, Coronacast (podcast with Dr Norman Swan), NPS MedicineWise and more.
While we will endeavour to update this information in a timely manner – as the COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly changing situation – a lag time may happen from time to time, and therefore our information has been cited at the bottom of each page to give you direct access to the resources.
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Information about the Tocilizumab (Actemra®) Shortage
Update 4 May 2022: The shortage of subcutaneous tocilizumab preparations has been resolved. This information has been published on the TGA’s medicine shortage reports database. The Serious Scarcity Substitution Instrument (SSSI) for the SC preparations of tocilizumab has now lapsed due to this improvement in supply. The TGA webpage Serious Scarcity Substitution Instruments (SSSIs) is…
ARA COVID-19 Vaccination for People with autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases (AIRD)
Some diseases (including rheumatoid arthritis) are caused by the body’s immune system, which usually protects us from infection. When the immune system is affected by arthritis or drugs to treat the condition, the risk from COVID-19 may be increased.
How will I get my COVID-19 vaccine?
Find out how you can get vaccinated for COVID-19.
COVID-19 Symptom Checker
Healthdirect Australia has developed a COVID-19 Symptom Checker, an online self-guided tool to help people find out if they need to seek medical help.
COVID-19 support line for Senior Australians
Senior Australians, their families and carers can now call a dedicated free call support line aimed at supporting the mental health of those impacted by the spread of COVID-19.
Being medicinewise during COVID-19
NPS MedicineWise is an independent, not-for-profit, evidence-based and consumer-centred organisation, working to improve the way health technologies, medicines and medical tests are prescribed and used.
EULAR: Rheumatic Musculoskeletal Diseases and COVID-19 Repository for Patients
View a collection of EULAR guidances and useful resources about the current COVID-19 outbreak
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