Pregnancy is a time of great joy and expectation for most women and their families. Following the declaration of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we understand that all pregnant women will feel a great sense of anxiety, about their own health, and that of their unborn, or newborn, baby. The following factsheets provide information on the impact of COVID-19 and pregnancy on you and your baby.
These factsheets are developed from information provided by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).
We understand that many migrant and refugee women are affected by loss of personal or family income due to the impact of COVID-19. If you are on a visa that makes you ineligible for Australian government’s economic support packages, you can access Emergency Relief service funded by the Department of Social Services. This service can be accessed regardless of your visa status.
Emergency Relief can include:
Red Cross is providing assistance to people on temporary visas who have no way to support themselves and who have urgent needs. This includes food, medicine and crisis accommodation costs.
You may be eligible for Red Cross Safety Net support if you:
- are in Australia on a temporary visa
- are in urgent financial hardship
- cannot access Centrelink, Medicare or similar services
- have no income, savings or other financial support (including from family overseas).
Find more information here.