COVID-19 testing

The following resources can help you get tested for COVID-19, including information that can be useful to help you or someone you’re caring for prepare.

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs)

Helping autistic children have a RAT test — Autism Awareness Australia (Video – Vimeo)
Dr James Best shares his tips and advice to help make Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) less stressful and more manageable for autistic children/young adults.

About nasal Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) for parents and carers (Video – YouTube)
Victorian Department of Education video about how to perform a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). This video was produced prior to new testing and reporting requirements, but is a good example of how to administer a test.

Tips to help a child when completing a Rapid Antigen Test
From Autism Spectrum Australia, this resource provides families and carers with advice to help an autistic child prepare for taking a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).

Tips to help an adult or teenager when completing a Rapid Antigen Test
From Autism Spectrum Australia, this resource provides advice to help an adult or teenager prepare for taking a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).

Setting a COVID-19 test instructions — Easy read — Australian Government Department of Social Services website
This information about getting a COVID-19 test is written in an easy-to-read way. It includes instructions written in Easy English.

 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Tests

A child’s guide to hospital: COVID-19 PCR test — Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne (YouTube)
This video by the Royal Children’s Hospital explains the process of having a COVID-19 swab test to children. It is captioned.

New South Wales Health — COVID-19 testing at home (NSW only) — NSW Health website
This service may be limited to people who cannot leave their home due to disability, injury, chronic health issues, or frailty affecting mobility.

Call-to-Test service (Victoria Only): How to get tested for coronavirus at home — Victorian Government coronavirus website
The Call-to-Test service is for Victorians who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms and cannot leave home due to injury, mobility, or other eligible reasons.

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