For the latest information on COVID-19 testing, visit Queensland Health’s COVID-19 testing requirements webpage.
Most people can manage COVID-19 at home and are advised to utilise the tools and helplines below in the first instance they suspect they have COVID-19.
COVID care self-checker – A clinical self-assessment tool designed to help patients understand what healthcare they may need based on their symptoms and other risk factors.
National Coronavirus Hotline 1800 020 080 – Available 24 hours a day 7 days per week, with an interpreter available (press 8).
Queensland Health Automated Assessment Service Billie the Bot – Adults 1800 953 919 | Youth (less than 16 years) 1800845 298
Polymerase chain reaction tests (PCR)
PCR tests are no longer required to confirm a positive rapid antigen test (RAT).
PCR tests are available where RATs cannot be accessed.
Rapid antigen tests (RATs)
A positive RAT result must be reported to Queensland Health. RATs can be purchased at pharmacies and retail stores.
Queensland Health have a limited supply at testing sites.
Testing is free of charge at the below GP Respiratory Clinics and Queensland Health operated testing clinics. From 7 March 2022, charges may apply for COVID-19 tests undertaken at private pathology-operated clinics.
Note: A GP referral is required for testing at private pathology-operated clinics unless directed otherwise by a Public Health Order.
Wuchopperen Health Service
6 Moignard Street
Phone: (07) 4080 1068
How to book an appointment: Community members experiencing respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or fatigue can book an appointment at Manoora (Wuchopperen) Respiratory Clinic by calling (07) 4080 1068.
Opening hours: Phone (07) 4080 1068 for the latest available appointment times.
Upper Ross Medical Centre
1199 Riverway Drive
Rasmussen QLD 4815
Phone: 0432 488 997
Fax: (07) 4789 0267
How to book an appointment: Community members experiencing respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or fatigue can book an appointment at Townsville Respiratory Clinic by calling 0432 488 997 or online.
Opening hours: Phone 0432 488 997 or visit the Townsville Respiratory Clinic online booking page for the latest available appointment times.
Gold City Medical Centre
1 Gill Street
Charters Towers QLD 4820
Phone: (07) 4787 7203
How to book an appointment: Community members experiencing respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or fatigue can book an appointment at Charters Towers Respiratory Clinic by calling (07) 4787 7203 or online.
Opening hours: Phone (07) 4787 7203 or visit the Charters Towers Respiratory Clinic website for the latest available appointment times.
Queensland Health are conducting COVID-19 screening at fever clinics in a range of locations across North Queensland.
Visit the Queensland Health website for more information.
The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand released a document, Pulmonary Function Testing during SARS-CoV-2 Outbreaks: Preliminary Guidance from TSANZ/ANZSRS - January 2022, and the National Asthma Council Australia released Spirometry Infection Control Recommendations for Primary Care in April 2022.