The PSA has been approached by many members who feel the need to get a test for COVID-19, even though they have not been officially declared as close contacts or directed to get a test by NSW Health. Members should be aware that there are currently a large number of COVID Clinics, many of which do not require a GP referral. A list of clinics, including both clinics which require a referral and those which do not is available on this web page from the Department of Health: www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/clinics.aspx
Members who do not have any symptoms, but who feel they may have been exposed to risk of infection, can voluntarily attend the clinics which do not require a referral. Generally, a person taking a test at a clinic will be directed to self-isolate until the test result comes back. Members complying with a direction to self-isolate from NSW Health, who have not been declared unfit for duty by a medical practitioner, are eligible for Pandemic Special Leave.
Members who have symptoms should definitely get tested and consult their medical practitioner if unsure.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Member Service Centre on: 1300 772 679.