Health care

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 help you if you have an illness, injury or a disability that means you can't 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.

The External Breast Prostheses Reimbursement Program helps with the cost of new or replacement external breast prostheses. This can help if you’ve had breast surgery due to breast cancer and use prostheses.

Medicare payments and services

Medicare provides access to a range of medical services, lower cost prescriptions and free care as a public patient in a public hospital. Read more about Medicare services.

Register for an electronic health record, known as a myHealth record. You control the secure online summary of your health information. Read more about myHealth records on their website.

Concession and health care cards

Depending on your circumstances, you may get 1 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. It also helps you record your child's immunisations.

Read more about the AIR and how to get a copy of your immunisation details.

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.

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MoneySmart has information to help you make the most of your money. Read the Health insurance section on the MoneySmart website.

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program invites eligible Australians who hold a Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card to do a free and simple test. We issue invitation kits, reminder letters and keep a record of your results in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Register.

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.

Page last updated: 10 August 2018