State and territory health services
State and territory governments provide hospital, community health and palliative care services.
Community health centres
Community health centres provide health services for people of all ages at low cost. Not all centres provide the same services. The services may include nursing, health education and promotion, physiotherapy, dental care, medical care, counselling and social welfare.
Health services for families with young children
Maternity and child health services are usually free for families with children from birth to school-entry age. They offer health information, immunisation, and advice about child development, parenting and nutrition for young children.
Women’s health services
Women’s health services provide help with reproductive health issues, cervical and breast cancer screening, alcohol and drug problems, mental health issues and sexual assault and domestic violence, including female genital mutilation or cutting. See also Chapter 6, Australian Law.
Services for people from diverse backgrounds
Many hospitals and large health centres have health professionals who provide services for local migrant communities. Services include counselling, advice, referral and health information.
Phone your local hospital or community health centre to see if there is a Multicultural Health Worker for your language group.
To find a health service: