What help can you get through the health system or other services?

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What services are provided through the Australian health system?

The Australian health system provides services to anyone who needs help to manage their health. These services are called mainstream services. They are available to everyone, whether or not you have a disability. We can’t fund a support if it’s more appropriately funded or provided by one of these services.

Because you can get these services through the general health system, we can’t fund:

  • health services your state or territory health system or other schemes provide 
  • health services available to all Australians through Medicare, such as doctor and specialist appointments to diagnose or treat health conditions or illnesses
  • services or supports to manage a health condition that isn’t related to your disability 
  • clinical treatment of any health conditions, including ongoing or chronic conditions
  • allied health services related to acute and post-acute services
  • health services to prevent disease and ill health and support a healthier lifestyle for all Australians
  • direct care supports while you are in hospital 
  • rehabilitation or short-term medical care when you leave hospital 
  • end-of-life and palliative care. 

Learn more about mainstream and community supports.

There may also be other specialist health services or private health insurance that is available to manage your health or treat a health condition. You will need to pay for these things yourself.

If you need help to manage your health or a health condition you should talk to your doctor first. If you need help to link to a doctor in your area talk to your local area coordinator, early childhood partner, support coordinator or planner.

This page current as of
29 November 2021
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