Tasmania rural and remote health services
From spectacular coastlines to rugged wilderness regions, Tasmania offers many lifestyle benefits for residents and visitors. However, many parts are isolated and away from the main cities. To maintain good health, it is important to know how to locate health information and services, wherever you are.
A snapshot of Tasmania
Tasmania's biggest industries are tourism and forestry, and most of the state is rural and remote. It is famous for its wilderness.
While the cost of living is lower than in mainland Australia, so are wages, and there are also higher rates of unemployment and social disadvantage.
What types of health services are available?
There are health services in Tasmania that cater for all ages and needs:
Tasmania has 4 major public hospitals, and a network of rural hospitals. Outpatient clinics, which are based at hospitals, provide allied health services and medical testing.
The hospitals are supported by a network of multi-purpose services. These centres provide integrated services, such as residential aged care, general practice and community health services, in smaller rural and remote locations.
Technology is used to keep a secure online record of health information, which can benefit people living in rural and remote areas. My Health Record helps improve communication with and between your doctor, health services, specialists and hospitals.
Mental health and wellbeing
People living and working in rural and remote areas can sometimes experience greater pressures than those in regional and urban areas. These include loneliness and isolation, financial hardship, lack of employment opportunities and natural disasters. Sometimes, extra support is needed.
Services are also available if you need help with relationships and mental health.
Helplines and online support
Online health information can be really helpful, but it’s important to use reputable sources. Look for sites with HON (Health On the Net) Foundation certification.
healthdirect provides free 24-hour health advice for non-urgent cases: call 1800 022 222 to speak with a registered nurse.
Travelling to medical and health services
If you need to travel to a hospital or specialist within Tasmania or to the mainland, you might be eligible for assistance. If you are eligible, the Patient Travel Assistance Scheme can provide financial support to help with medical travel and accommodation. It also has online information to help you prepare for hospital admission.
Ambulance Tasmania and the Royal Flying Doctor Service work together to provide emergency ambulance care and non-emergency patient transport.
Travelling to hospital with a sick child can be difficult for the whole family. Ask your local health service or the hospital about what support may be available. You might also be eligible for accommodation through Ronald McDonald House.
- In a medical emergency, dial triple zero (000) immediately.
- If your mobile phone is out of credit or out of range, you can dial for emergency ambulance assistance on 112.
If it is not an emergency, contact your nearest doctor, or call 1800 022 222 to speak with a registered nurse. After an assessment, the nurse might refer you to the after-hours GP helpline.
Learn more here about the development and quality assurance of healthdirect content.
Last reviewed: March 2021