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​​​​​​​​Medicare

The Commonwealth Government’s health care system (Medicare) covers all Australian citizens, permanent residents and citizens of New Zealand for free.

It also covers subsidised treatment by health professionals and hospital care.
More information is available from the Department of Human Services website​.

 

WA Health

WA Health is Western Australia’s public health system. Visit their Services search page to access health and community services provided by WA Health (and some services offered by others). Services include:

  • hospitals (public and private);

  • community health services;

  • Aboriginal health services;

  • mental health services;

  • public health services;

  • disaster preparedness management;

  • alcohol and drug services;

  • child health; and

  • dental services.

 

Private health insurance

Temporary visa holders should arrange private health insurance before their arrival in Australia. Restricted access to Medicare is available to some temporary visa holders from countries where Australia has a reciprocal hea​l​th care agreement​.

To compare private health funds and find further information for visitors and temporary residents, visit the PrivateHeal​th.gov.au website​.

The Commonwealth Government provides an income tested rebate to help people meet the cost of private health insurance. For more information, visit the
Department of Health website​.

News
Orientation sessions for newly arrived skilled migrants

Settlement Services will be hosting free orientation sessions to help you settle more easily into your new life in Western Australia.
Skilled migrants and their families are welcome to attend.
View Settlement Services Events page​ for details.​

Fun Fact
Some of the first white settlers saw a strange animal hopping along. They asked the Aborigines what it was called and were told, ‘Kanguru’, which means ‘I don't know’.