Victoria COVID-19 updates

This page will be updated with the latest information as it becomes available for GPs in Victoria. 

The information on this page was last updated: Friday 3 April 2020, 2.30 pm AEDT.

You can also find nationally relevant information via the RACGP Coronavirus (COVID19) information for GPs webpage

For up-to-the-minute information, visit the Australian Federal Government Department of Health website and subscribe to receive the bi-weekly COVID-19 newsletter for GPs from the Chief Medical Officer.

As per advice from the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS):

  • The case definition has changed. See the Health services and general practice – coronavirus disease (COVID-19) page for updated information, including new 'Quick Reference Guide' and 'Guidelines for health services and general practitioners'. With reducing numbers of returning travellers, Victoria’s testing criteria will now focus on an expanded range of frontline healthcare workers to include paid or unpaid workers in healthcare, residential care, disability care, homelessness support and child protection workers, as well as police officers
  • All doctors requesting COVID-19 testing must provide a patient mobile number on the pathology slip.
  • GPs should indicate on the form if the patient is a health or aged care worker in order to expedite their test result.
  • Please provide clinical details on request slips so high-risk patients can be prioritised.
  • Notification of suspected cases to the department is now only required for healthcare workers and residential aged care workers or residents. Notification is no longer required for all other suspected cases.

Notification is required, by telephone, for all confirmed cases via 1300 651 160, immediately 24 hours per day.

A message from the Directors of EDs around the country: COVID-19 testing:

  • Do not send patients to emergency departments for COVID-19 testing if they are well. Please send well / mild symptoms patients to their closest respiratory clinic / COVID-19 Clinic for testing. Hospitals should be a last resort if respiratory clinics or other testing options are not available. Let’s try to reserve the Emergency Department for Emergency purposes.

Access the latest updates from the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

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DHHS are developing an FAQ’s for clinicians on their website. If you have any questions for inclusion please send them to with ‘Clinician FAQ’ in the email title.

Please find current clinical advice from the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) here:

Upcoming webinars:

RACGP Victoria, together with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Victoria are hosting weekly Coronavirus update webinars on Monday evenings from 6.00 pm - Register here

These webinars are presented by:

  • DHHS Deputy Chief Health Officer or Public Health Commander
  • RACGP Victoria Council Chair, Dr Cameron Loy
  • RACGP Victoria Council Co-Deputy Chair, Dr Karen Price
  • RACGP Victoria Council Co-Deputy Chair, Dr Anita Munoz

Previous webinars:

Update webinar – Recorded Monday 30 March 2020.
Update webinar – Recorded Monday 23 March 2020 and summary document.
Update webinar – Recorded Monday 16 March 2020.





North Western Melbourne

(03) 9347 1188

Eastern Melbourne

(03) 9046 0300

South Eastern Melbourne

1300 331 981


(03) 5441 7806

Western Victoria

(03) 5222 0800


(03) 5175 5444

The location of COVID-19 respiratory clinics are available via the DHHS website

RACGP Victoria

Phone: (03) 8699 0488  


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