What care do I need?
There are many types of healthcare services and information available in Australia. Learn here how to find the right service at the right time.
After-hours health services
Medical needs after hours don’t always require a visit to the emergency department. After hours GPs, pharmacists, dentists or counsellors can help.
Find a health service
healthdirect Service Finder is a free service that helps you locate the nearest health services in any part of Australia. You can search for health services such as general practitioners, hospitals, dentists, psychologists, hospitals, mental health, optical, pathology, pharmacies and a wide range of others. Find contact details, opening hours and billing options as well as other useful information for these providers. The service finder is also available via the healthdirect mobile app.
About ambulances in Australia
An ambulance provides emergency transport for sick or injured people. Learn more about when to call an ambulance, and what it will cost.
How do I pay for healthcare?
The Australian Government helps to keep down the cost of healthcare for most people who live here. This article covers the most common questions about how to pay for your healthcare.
How to get the most out of your doctor's appointment
To get the most out of your medical appointments, and to avoid 'bill shock', use these handy tips. Because you're the boss when it comes to your health.
healthdirect Symptom Checker
Not feeling well? Use the healthdirect Symptom Checker to better understand your symptoms and get advice on when to seek medical attention.
My Aged Care – the first step to accessing aged care services
My Aged Care can help you find the information you need about aged care, including the different types of aged care services that are available in your area.
Mental health services — infographic
There are several organisations that provide much of the support and education for people with mental illness and their families and carers throughout Australia.
Rural health services
There are many lifestyle benefits to living in rural and remote Australia, but it can be challenging as some services aren’t as readily available as in the city. Being familiar with health services in your area and other online support will help you prepare for when they are needed.