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International Long COVID Awareness Day            15th March

Posters for Downloading and Sharing

 

 

 

 

 

Instagram Tiles for Downloading and Sharing*

*If you download and share the above tiles, we would appreciate it if you would please give credit by tagging @longcovidsupportaustralia  

 

Our Mission Goals

 

1. Urgently implement all recommendations from the Parliamentary Inquiry into Long COVID and Repeated COVID Infections (Inquiry)

  • People with Long COVID should be classified as a vulnerable group to access to anti-viral medication under the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS)

  • Fund research that will help us (not Graded Exercise Therapy (GET) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)) and Nationwide Data Collection

  • Update Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) guidelines to remove recommendations of Graded Exercise Therapy (GET) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

 

2. Long COVID training for medical professionals

 

3. Review Medicare Benefit Scheme (MBS), Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS), National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Disability Support Pension guidelines to increase accessibility for patients with Long COVID and associated illnesses such as autonomic dysfunction and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

 

4. Resource telehealth services to meet community needs. Retain Medicare Benefit Scheme (MBS) item number 92422 for specialists to conduct initial consultations via telehealth

 

5. Open, transparent science based public information campaigns about both COVID and Long COVID

Light up Locations on and around 15th March 2024

 

 

The day and surrounding days will be marked across Australia by lighting up landmarks in Teal. 

Why teal? 

The three colors in the ribbon represent the past, present and future of Long COVID 

Teal: Hope and Support; 

Grey: Loss and Grief; 

Black: Loneliness and Isolation; 

Heart: Kindness, Care and Compassion.


We encourage you to visit the landmarks below, safely take a photo and share it to your social media with our hashtag #WakeUpToLongCovid.

 

New South Wales 
West Connex, Sydney
Morpeth Bridge, Maitland

 

Queensland 

  • Sir Hielscher Bridge, Brisbane

  • Brisbane City Council (14/03)

    • Story Bridge (14/03)

    • Wickham Terrace Car Park Architectural wall (14/03)

    • Breakfast Creek Bridge, Newstead (14/03)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  • Townsville City Council

    • Townsville sign

    • Victoria Bridge

    • Wharton Reef Lighthouse

    • George Roberts Bridge

    • Old Magistrates Court House

    • Flinders Square

    • Central Park Boardwalk

    • Little Fletcher Bridge                                                                                                                                                                                  


South Australia 

  • Adelaide Oval Bridge, Adelaide

  • Parliament House of South Australia, Adelaide

  • South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, (SAHMRI), Adelaide


 

Western Australia

  • Bell Tower, Perth (16/03)

  • Council House, Perth (16/03)

  • Trafalgar Bridge, Perth (16/03)

  • Perth Station, Perth

  • Parliament House of Western Australia Fountains, Perth

  • WACA Ground, Perth


 

Victoria 

  • Bolte Bridge, Melbourne

  • Melbourne Town Hall (17/03)

  • Altona City Theatre, Altona


 

Tasmania 

  • Paranaple Convention Centre, Devonport

  • Tasman Bridge, Hobart

 

 

Australian Capital Territory

  • Telstra Tower, Canberra

 

Symptoms of Long COVID include:

 

Extreme Fatigue | Cognitive Impairment | Joint Pain | Rashes | Orthostatic Intolerance | Heart palpitations | Mood Changes | Hoarse voice | Muscle Pain | Anosmia (loss of smell) | Ageusia (loss of taste) | Shortness of breath | GI difficulties | Headache | Confusion | Sleep Difficulties and 150+ more

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