We have a range of benefits, payments and services to help with the cost of health services, prescription medicines and medical equipment.
Payments for people living with illness, injury or disability
We provide payments and services to help you if you have an illness, injury or a disability that means you cannot work, or can only do a limited amount of work.
The Continence Aids Payment Scheme helps people with severe and permanent incontinence buy continence aid products.
The Essential Medical Equipment Payment helps with the extra running costs of essential medical equipment or medically needed heating and cooling.
Medicare payments and services
Medicare provides free or subsidised treatment by some health professionals and free treatment and accommodation as a public patient in a public hospital.
Register for a personally controlled electronic health record, known as a myHealth record, to have a secure online summary of your health information. Read more about myHealth records on their website.
Read more about Medicare services.
Concession and health care cards
Depending on your circumstances, you may get one or more concession and health care cards to help with your health care costs.
The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) records your immunisation history and provides an immunisation history statement.
Read more about the AIR and how to get a copy of your immunisation details.
Special health services
If you're eligible, you can get health support through special programs such as the:
- National Bowel Cancer Screening Program - Australians turning 50, 55, 60 or 65 years of age, who hold a Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card, can do a free and simple test
- External Breast Prostheses Reimbursement Program helps with the cost of new or replacement external breast prostheses if you have had breast surgery due to breast cancer
Other government and community support services
There are many other organisations that provide support services and useful information. Use the Payment and Service Finder to locate assistance in your local area.
MoneySmart has information to help you make the most of your money. Read the Health insurance section on the MoneySmart website.
Bladder Bowel provides information to help with the prevention and management of bladder and bowel problems.
Better Start improves access to early intervention services and treatments for eligible children with disability.
Disability Services Australia provides information on employment and community support services for people with disability.
healthdirect provides a wide range of free health services and information on behalf of state and territory governments in Australia.
If you’re experiencing depression, anxiety or stress, you may find it helpful to talk to somebody about your mental health.
JobAccess offers help and workplace solutions for people with disability looking for work. Their employers may also find this site useful.
The Department of Health provides information and connections aimed at promoting better health and active ageing.