If you have a sore throat, fever or cough and are concerned you have COVID-19, call our COVID-19 hotline on 1800 514 400.

Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat and shortness of breath. 

Make sure you get your information about COVID from the right place. You should listen to trustworthy sources like Congress’ Facebook pageAMSANT or the NT Government.

Frequently asked questions

You should test to see if you have COVID-19 using a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). 

You can get RATs from Congress’ Respiratory Clinic as well as other Central Australian locations.

If you have symptoms, you should call 1800 514 400 to arrange an assessment. You can drive to the Respiratory Clinic at 127 Todd St (Old Memo Club) where the nurse will test you. 

If you don’t have symptoms but need a test because you are a close contact, you can pick up a test from the Respiratory Clinic and do the test yourself.  

You should have a test for COVID-19 if you feel sick, like cold or flu, have trouble breathing, loss or change of taste or smell, headache, fever, runny goonah, blocked nose, tired for no reason.

You should also get a test if you have been a close/household contact of someone who has COVID. That means if you have spent lots of time with them, especially indoors. A person with COVID might let you know that you have been a contact, or health mob or Congress might tell you. 

You can get a free Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) Congress at the old Memo Club to get tested. You can call ahead to Congress on 1800 514 400. 

Testing also happens at Congress Clinic for people with appointments who need a test because of risk of COVID or symptoms. It’s better if you can get tested before you come though. 

Please use your own transport if you can.  You can also get friends or family to collect a test for you to do yourself. 

If you are sick and don’t have a way to get to the clinic, we can organise a doctor to talk to you on the phone, and then work out the best way to help you.

Don’t panic. Now that COVID-19 is here, lots of us will test positive for COVID-19.

Here’s what to do next in 3 easy steps!

  1. Isolate from others, tell people you’ve been around that you have COVID and get ready to stay home for 7 days. You might need friends or family to get you food and supplies as you can’t go shopping or visiting anyone.
  1. Register your result online at If you can’t register yourself online, call us on 1800 514 400 so we can help.
  1. In the online form, choose Congress as your health service. A nurse will look at your health information to see what risk factors you have. A doctor or nurse will get in touch to provide care and treatment if appropriate.


It’s important you register or call the day you test positive. Some people will be able to have a medicine called an anti-viral, and this needs to start quickly to best help. A Congress doctor will tell you if you should have this medicine, which is free for Aboriginal people who are eligible for it.

If you need a doctor or medicine for covid or any other health matter, while you are in isolation you can call your clinic on 1800 142 900.

There are some key things we can all do to protect ourselves and our families from Coronavirus. These include:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds regularly 
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow 
  • Throw used tissues in bin 
  • Don’t smoke 
  • Don’t share toothbrushes 
  • Don’t share smokes and drinks
  • Don’t spit 
  • Don’t share chewing tobacco 
  • Stay 3 steps away from others 
  • Avoid big crowds


You can still receive services from any other Congress clinic. Please call the next closest clinic to you and ask for an appointment. Kele.