Medicare services for Indigenous Australians

Use our phone line and special form to get Medicare services. Medicare helps with the cost of health care and medicine.

There are Medicare benefits, payments and services available to all Australians to help with the cost of health care services and prescription medicines.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access line

To talk to us about Medicare, call 1800 556 955 for free from a landline.

Our staff are culturally aware of things that may affect you.

Identify on our records

You can choose to tell us you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian, or both. Telling us can help shape future plans and policies.

Don’t be shy. Identify.

Get a Medicare card or change your details

Use your Medicare card when you visit a doctor, go to hospital or buy medicines.

We need to confirm your identity when you enrol with Medicare or change your details.

To enrol or change your details, you can use:

If you have a baby, enrol them with Medicare as soon as you can. We will add them to the Australian Immunisation Register. You can also add your baby to your family Medicare Safety Net.

Other government and community support services

Use Service Finder to find a range of other support services and useful information in your local area.

The Department of Health can tell you about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health activities. connects you to a wide range of government information and services. can tell you about government Indigenous programs. This includes children and schooling, and safety and wellbeing programs.

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Read the Indigenous section on the MoneySmart website.

Page last updated: 5 October 2017