COVID-19: Hotlines

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) hotlines for health workers and our community.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

Page last updated: 1:00pm, 9 December 2021

  • For general practice and primary health care services

    Medical practitioners seeking advice about COVID-19 (outside of testing and notification procedures) can call the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Communicable Diseases Section on 1300 651 160. Pending demand, you may be asked to leave a message for return phone call.

    Press option 0 for ‘COVID-19, novel coronavirus or calling to let us know you have been at an exposure site in Victoria or elsewhere’.

    • Press option 4 for ‘medical practitioner’. This is a priority line.

    • Triage will then assess and transfer or redirect to the Case Contact Outbreak Management central team or Local Public Health Unit that is managing the exposure site.

    Notifying DHHS of a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis can be done online. You can submit an online form to the public health team, rather than calling, saving you time and resolving your case load more efficiently.

    If you have any questions about COVID-19 and how North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network can support you, please phone 03 9347 1188 or email:

      Who to call – for practice staff (A4 poster)

  • For the Victorian public

    If you suspect you may have the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), please call either the:

    • Dedicated Victorian Department of Health and Human Services hotline on 1800 675 398
    • National hotline on 1800 020 080

    Both lines will connect you to a registered nurse if needed.

    Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

    If you do not have symptoms but need general information on COVID-19, please visit or call healthdirect on 1800 022 222 (24 hours).

      Who to call – for the public (A4 poster)

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