Winter Demand Management Plan

The Winter Plan is used internally by the Department of Health to support all our medical services during the winter period, alongside our COVID-19 plans, to ensure our health system provides the highest quality care for Tasmanians during the busy winter months. The Winter Plan will continue to be used until late in the year due to the period of winter illness in Tasmania, and builds on the significant planning and resourcing which has been put in place following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Winter Demand Management Plan 2020

How you can help

Personal hygiene is an important protection against COVID-19 and all respiratory illnesses. You can help slow the spread of illness by:

  • washing your hands often with soap and warm, running water (or alcohol-base hand rub), especially after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
  • using a tissue (or flexed elbow if a tissue is not readily available) to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, then putting the tissue in the rubbish
  • keeping two large steps from others if you can, when you are out in public
  • contacting your GP or the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to be tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms of fever, runny nose, cough, sore or itchy throat, or shortness of breath
  • wearing a facemask if you are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms and need to be around other people (for example, to access arranged medical care).

All Tasmanians should consider protecting themselves, their family and their community from flu by having a flu vaccine. You need a flu vaccine every year to help stay protected. For more information about flu and flu vaccines visit fluTAS

For more advice and information on coronavirus, visit Tasmania's Coronavirus website

For advice and more information:

  • Visit Tasmania's Coronavirus website for COVID-19 information
  • Visit fluTAS for flu information
  • Call the Public Health Hotline – Tasmania on 1800 671 738
  • Call healthdirect on 1800 022 222 or visit healthdirect for health advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week