Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians and Minister for Youth and Sport, Senator The Hon Richard Colbeck, has released advice about further support for Senior Australians who are feeling isolated.

Senior Australians, their families and carers can now call a dedicated free call support line aimed at supporting the mental health of those impacted by the spread of COVID-19. Talking to someone who understands and listens is an important outlet for anybody struggling to cope as the spread of the virus creates additional pressure on individuals and communities.

This initiative is in partnership with the Council on the Ageing Australia (COTA), National Seniors Australia, the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) and Dementia Australia, the phone line will be staffed with advisers who can offer practical help and advice.

The COVID-19 support line 1800 171 866 operates Monday to Friday, except public holidays, from 8.30am to 6pm.