There are a range of supports out there to help you when you need it. The information below provides contact details and links for service available to people in Hobart and across Tasmania.
If you have been directed to isolate because you are symptomatic and awaiting a test, are COVID positive, are caring for someone who is COVID positive, or have been advised to isolate as a close contact, the COVID-Care package is there to ensure that you can access the everyday basics of food, medicines and housing. If you or your family are affected by COVID, you can access these additional supports by contacting the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738, and COVID-Care will be provided on request to those who need it through a flexible, individualised response.
Remember that you don't have to go through a difficult situation alone. There are services out there to help you.
If you need someone to talk things through with, or just need someone to listen, you can call A Tasmanian Lifeline which offers non-judgmental, one-off or ongoing support for anyone having a tough time. Call A Tasmanian Lifeline on 1800 98 44 34 from 8 am - 8 pm every day of the year, or book a call back via the booking form on the A Tasmanian Lifeline website.
Widespread testing of people with cold or flu-like symptoms (even mild) is vital to track and slow the spread of COVID-19. See all the latest information on the Coronavirus Tasmania website. If you feel unwell with a fever OR cough, sore throat or shortness of breath phone your GP or the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.
Need an interpreter? Phone the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450 and tell them your language. Tell the interpreter your name and that you're calling the Tasmanian Department of Health on 1800 671 738.
If you have tested positive to COVID, see the Tasmanian Government checklist on what you need to do to look after yourself and others. The Australian Government also provides information on what to do if you are COVID positive.
The Tasmanian Government's COVID-Care package offers emergency food relief for people who are affected by COVID. You can access these additional supports by contacting the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738, and COVID-Care will be provided on request to those who need it through a flexible, individualised response.
There are a number of food services operating from Mathers Place Precinct:
Further food relief services available across Tasmania can be found on the TasCOSS Emergency Food Relief Directory.