Ensuring your lung condition is well-managed and you're as well as possible is important. Read tips to manage your condition including connecting with your healthcare team and having an action plan in place.
Latest news and information
11 July 2022: Antiviral treatment for COVID-19 is now available on the PBS for people at higher risk of severe illness. These treatments can be prescribed by a GP and should be commenced within 5 days of symptoms starting for treatment to be effective.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may be eligible for antiviral treatment if you are:
- 70 years and older
- 50 years or older with two additional risk factors
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, 30 years or older and with two additional risk factors
Additional risk factors include living in residential aged care, pre-existing health conditions such as chronic respiratory conditions or living remotely with reduced access to higher level healthcare. For a full list, visit the Department of Health website.
If you are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, it can help to have a conversation with your GP before contracting COVID-19 about your individual circumstances. Together, you can develop a plan to ensure you can access antiviral treatment quickly if you need it.
Vaccines and boosters
COVID-19 vaccination available for high risk children aged 6 months to under 5 years
August 4 2022: From 5 September the COVID-19 vaccine will become available to children aged 6 months to 5 years in certain at-risk population groups. The Australian Government accepted a recommendation from the Australian Technical Advisory Group to make the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine available to around 70,000 children who are more likely to experience severe COVID-19 illness will be able to get vaccinated. This includes:
- Structural airway anomalies or chronic lung disease
- Severe primary or secondary immunodeficiency
The recommendation is for two primary doses, however those with severe immunocompromise may require three. The interval between each dose is recommended to be eight weeks.
In the coming weeks, the government will provide information about how to make a vaccination booking for a child aged 6 months to 5 years.
For more information, visit the Department of Health website here.
For ATAGI recommendations on COVID-19 vaccine use in children aged 6 months to <5 years, visit here.
A fourth COVID-19 vaccination is now available to anyone aged over 30
11 July 2022: The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) specifically recommend the shot for people over 50, while people aged 30 to 49 may choose to have a fourth dose. Those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should receive the winter booster as soon as possible.
It’s important to ensure you’re protected against the COVID-19 virus this winter, particularly if you’re at risk of severe illness from the virus. The additional winter booster can be given 3 months or longer after receiving the first booster dose, or 3 months after contracting COVID-19 if you became infected after receiving the first COVID-19 booster dose. If you haven’t yet received the first booster dose, now is the time to speak to your vaccination provider. Influenza vaccinations can be given at the same time as COVID-19 vaccines and should not be delayed so speak to your healthcare team about protecting yourself this winter.
For more information, visit the Department of Health website here. We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about vaccines, staying well and what to do if you get COVID-19. Read more, here.
Home Medicines Service
The Home Medicines Service has been extended to 30 June 2022 for eligible Australians. This service is available for people in home isolation and other groups who wish to limit their potential exposure to COVID-19 including people with chronic health conditions or who are immunocompromised. To qualify for the Home Medicines Service, each delivery to an eligible person must include a Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicine and/or a Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicine. You can order other items to be delivered to you from the pharmacy, including symptom relief, if it is part of the same order. Eligible people can receive the service no more than once per month.
For more information on eligibility and how to access the service, visit the Department of Health website here.
If you or your loved one is living with a lung condition, it is important to be prepared in the event of receiving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. A plan may be developed with your treating healthcare team or GP and could include:
- Instruction (action plan) on the actions to take if your usual symptoms change or worsen
- Up-to-date prescriptions for both regular medications and emergency medications (if they are part of your plan)
- When to seek further medical care or call an ambulance.
Living with a lung condition in a COVID-19 world
There are measures that you can put in place in your day-to-day life to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep yourself and your loved ones well.
It's normal to feel a range of emotions such as fear, frustration, anxiousness and a lose of confidence. Implementing simple practices in your day-to-day life can help you to manage your mental wellbeing and help you feel more in control.
Regular exercise or movement is widely recognised as one of the best things you can do to improve your wellbeing and reduce symptoms such as breathlessness. If you’re not used to exercising at home it may feel a little strange and daunting and you might find it hard to stay motivated.
Recovering from COVID-19 will be different for everyone and may be affected by a range of factors, including your overall health. Read tips for recovery and managing ongoing symptoms.
We've developed a range of resources and information to help you during this time, including fact sheets, videos and webinars.