“Defence is currently managing 29 confirmed cases in the locations illustrated above,” Defence updated at 9am on 4 April 2020.
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Defence members – military and civilian – are strongly encouraged to take steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
It is important to remember that for the vast majority of people, the illness will be mild or moderate and individuals will make a full recovery.
All members who present with cold/flu like symptoms must remove themselves from the workplace and notify their supervisor/Chain of Command.
It is important for the protection of others that personnel phone ahead of presentation to any health facility.
In some cases, advice may be provided over the phone without the need to attend in person.
Testing is only required in specific circumstances and will be arranged in accordance with Department of Health guidelines.
Personnel can return to work when they are symptom-free unless otherwise directed by their health-care provider or a public health unit.
ADF and eligible foreign military members should speak with the Defence Health Centre via phone or by contacting 1800 IMSICK (1800 467 425) for advice on whether further assessment is required.
On contacting 1800 IMSICK, they may be transferred to 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362) to help Defence implement preventive measures and monitor the impact on operations.
APS and contractors should seek care through their usual health-care provider and contact 1800 DEFENCE to help Defence implement preventive measures and monitor the impact on operations.