Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

after hours GP helpline

To speak to a GP now, call healthdirect on 1800 022 222 – free from landlines and some mobile phones.

Need to find a GP or pharmacy now?

Simply enter your suburb, postcode or use your current location to receive a list of the nearest services and whether they are open now.

service category

Find a doctor that is open now

enter a location
  • {{prefLabel}}
service category

Find a pharmacy that is open now

enter a location
  • {{prefLabel}}

More about the after hours GP helpline

When you call the after hours GP helpline, a registered nurse will assess you and based on your symptoms, the nurse may offer you a call back from a GP. The GP will contact you within 15 minutes or 1 hour depending on the urgency of your health issue.

At the end of your call, you will be offered a care advice summary, sent to you by SMS or email, so you can easily recall the details of the advice you are given.

You can also agree to have a summary of your call sent to your regular GP's practice overnight, so they are aware of the call when they open their surgery the following day. The after hours GP helpline can also upload a summary of your call to your My Health Record.

If you are calling from outside the major cities, the after hours GP helpline is available:

  • Monday to Friday, 6pm - 7:30am
  • Saturday, from midday
  • Sunday and Public Holidays, all day.

If you are calling from within a major city, the after hours GP helpline is available:

  • Monday to Friday, 11pm - 7:30am
  • Saturday, from 6pm
  • Sunday and Public Holidays, all day.

The after hours GP helpline is not a substitute for face-to-face after hours care for those people who need it.

Learn more about the after hours GP helpline service.

Last reviewed: March 2017

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice and information you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo