Chronic disease and COVID-19

Many people with chronic disease and their carers may be concerned during this unusual time. Some chronic conditions, like diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and cancer require ongoing treatment and care. This is vital to keep well, both during COVID-19 and in the months and years that follow.


Other conditions like heart attack and stroke require immediate medical attention by calling an ambulance (000). 

You can still seek medical care to manage existing chronic conditions or make a new appointment for risk assessment and early detection if you have any concerns. Regular and emergency care will still be available, including via telehealth (video and phone) consultations. 

You are not alone. There are helplines with specially trained staff on hand to answer questions about COVID-19 and chronic conditions.

  • Kidney Helpline 1800 454 363

  • StrokeLine 1800 787 653

  • Cancer Council 13 11 20

  • Heart Foundation Helpline 13 11 12

  • Diabetes NDSS Helpline 1800 637 700

See the Government website for the latest updates on COVID-19 in Australia.

See our member websites for disease-specific information.

Kidney Health Australia 

Stroke Foundation

Cancer Council Australia

National Heart Foundation of Australia

Diabetes Australia

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