Rapid Antigen Testing & Family Minded
When is it needed?
If you are an adult and you are not fully vaccinated and you wish to attend a face to face appointment, for yourself or your child you will be asked to provide Rapid Antigen Test results to screen for COVID-19 in the morning before your appointment.
If your child is undertaking an assessment at Family Minded and the assessment requires removal of masks for communication purposes your child will be asked to provide Rapid Antigen Test results to screen for COVID-19 in the morning before your appointment.
If you do not want to do a rapid antigen test, please let us know and we will discuss your telehealth options.
What is the process?
If you have been asked to obtain Rapid Antigen Testing prior to your appointment please follow these instructions.
The unvaccinated (or partially vaccinated) person must complete a rapid antigen test at home on the morning of the appointment. You must send the test result to us using the online form below prior to 9am on the day of the appointment. See the link below.
The test you use must be approved by TGA for home testing. See TGA website here: https://www.tga.gov.au/covid-19-rapid-antigen-self-tests-are-approved-australia
What is Rapid Antigen Testing?
Rapid antigen tests can check if you may have COVID-19. These tests can be done at home by yourself or a parent/caregiver for younger children. Most rapid antigen tests will provide you with a result in 15 to 30 minutes. Rapid antigen tests are self-administered COVID-19 tests that can be used at home. They can tell you if you are likely or not likely to have COVID-19.
Rapid antigen testing does not replace standard (PCR) testing for the purpose of diagnosis of COVID-19. Anyone with symptoms should isolate and get a PCR test. PCR testing is free and available at various locations (Timmins St SUNBURY), or via information on the Vic Gov coronavirus website. https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/where-get-tested-covid-19
Parents should continue to follow public health advice; if your child is unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms, they must stay at home and get tested for COVID-19 with a standard (PCR) test, regardless of a negative rapid antigen test result.
Where do I get the test from?
Tests can be purchased from pharmacies, or online. If you need assistance to obtain a test contact your clinician. The test must be approved by TGA for home testing. See TGA website here: https://www.tga.gov.au/covid-19-rapid-antigen-self-tests-are-approved-australia
How do I conduct the test?
There are different types of rapid antigen tests. Follow the instructions in your kit, as they may differ from other types of tests. Read the full instructions included in your kit before starting the test.
Can my child self-administer the test?
Children who are 12 to 17 years old who want to do the test themselves should be supervised to ensure they correctly follow the steps. Children under 12 will need a parent or guardian to perform the test on them.
What does a positive result mean?
A positive result means it’s likely your child has COVID-19, especially if they have symptoms.
If you/your child get a positive result, you/they must: isolate at home immediately get a standard (PCR) test to confirm the result as soon as possible at a testing site (e.g., Timmins Street SUNBURY) or through your healthcare provider and stay isolated until you/they get their standard (PCR) test result.
Visit Rapid antigen self-tests on the coronavirus.vic.gov website for more information about self-testing at home : https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/rapid-antigen-self-tests
Family Minded COVID-19 Information: https://www.familyminded.com.au/covid-19.html