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How to access medical help if you are in non life-threatening conditions?

OSHCstudents – Accessing medical help in Australia may be different from your home country.

People go to hospitals and local doctors (also known as General Practitioners or GPs ) in Australia:

  • Go to your local doctor for non-life-threatening conditions.
  • Go to your closest hospital emergency departments for medical emergencies.

 

 

Non-life-threatening conditions

Examples of non-emergencies include:

  • Earaches
  • Cold or flu
  • Sore throat
  • Skin infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vaccinations

You can also access many other services through your GP, including:

  • General medicine and simple diagnostic testing
  • Sexual health advice
  • Mental health advice
  • Assessment and treatment of injuries
  • First aid services
  • Women’s and men’s health
  • Referrals to specialist services – such as cardiac, neurological and oncology specialists.

If your doctor has prescribed you medicine, you will need to bring your doctor’s prescription (that is, your doctor’s authorisation) for the medicine and a form of identification to the chemist with you.

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