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healthdirect Australia

What it does

healthdirect is an easy way to access trusted, quality health information and advice online and over the phone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year.

healthdirect is operated by Healthdirect Australia and is funded by the governments of Australia.

Call healthdirect on 1800 022 222

Speak to a registered nurse for expert advice about your health concerns.


The telephone-based nurses can also provide contact details of available health services in your local area, such as GP services (including after hours services), pharmacies, hospitals, mental health services, child health services, sexual health services and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

healthdirect is available to callers in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. If you are calling from Victoria and Queensland, you will be redirected to NURSE-ON-CALL or 13-HEALTH respectively.

Calls from landlines are free. Calls from mobile phones may be charged at a higher rate than local call charges. Please check with your telephone service provider.

Find trusted online information at healthdirect

Access quality online health information from trusted sources.

Online health information can be overwhelming, but all information on the healthdirect website goes through a quality assurance process, and is sourced from a range of trusted partners including major health organisations. This allows you to make an informed decision about your health.

Visit www.healthdirect.gov.au

Use the healthdirect Symptom Checker

Get advice on what healthcare action to take next.

The healthdirect Symptom Checker guides you through a series of questions about your symptoms to determine what healthcare action you should take next, such as seeing a doctor, going to the emergency department or managing care yourself. It also directs you to the most relevant, closest and open health service.

Try the healthdirect Symptom Checker at www.healthdirect.gov.au/symptom-checker