General Health Services in the ACT
In the ACT, there are a range of services that can meet your health care needs. It is important to know what your options are and to know where to go when you or your family members need care. The following is a list of the health care services you can access in the ACT:
The Women’s Health Service offers free services for women by women, including: nursing, medical, nutrition and counselling services to vulnerable women in the ACT and region.
Address: City Community Health Centre Level 1, 1 Moore Street, Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: 02 5124 1787
Local Doctor or General Practitioner (GP)
For most health problems and health checks, phone your local doctor for an appointment (a time to visit). Doctors are open at different times.
If you need to find a GP in your area you can view this listing of GP’s by suburb.
And if you or your family need a doctor on a weeknight, weekend or public holiday, you can also call the National Home Doctor Service.
You can find ACT health services information online here and for serious illness or injury (like breathing problems, bleeding that does not stop, broken bones, head injuries, or chest pain), call 000 for an ambulance or go to a hospital Emergency Department at any time (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
Emergency departments are located at:
Calvary Public Hospital Bruce: (02) 6201 6111 Cnr Belconnen Way Haydon Drive, Bruce, ACT
Canberra Hospital : (02) 5124 0000 Yamba Drive, Garran, ACT
Walk-in Centres offer free health care for non-life threatening injuries and illnesses. They are located at the Community Health Centres in Belconnen, Dickson, Gungahlin, Tuggeranong, and Weston Creek.
Opening hours are from 7.30am to 10pm daily, including public holidays. No appointment is needed.
The Walk-in Centres are able to help adults and children over 2 years old.
Dickson Walk-in Centre
Dickson Community Health Centre
111 Dickson Pl, Dickson
Belconnen Walk-in Centre
Belconnen Community Health Centre
56 Lathlain St, Belconnen
Gungahlin Walk-in Centre
1/57 Ernest Cavanagh St, Gungahlin
Tuggeranong Walk-in Centre
Tuggeranong Community Health Centre
Crn Anketell And Pitman Streets, Tuggeranong
Weston Creek Walk-in Centre
24 Parkinson St, Weston
CALMS – Canberra After hours Locum Medical Service
CALMS is an accredited medical deputising service owned and operated by Canberra General Practitioners. If you need help and your doctor is closed, phone CALMS on 1300 4 CALMS (1300 4 22 567) for GPs who provide after-hours services in Canberra.
CALM clinics are located near public transport an each of the two major hospital sites in Canberra: TCH and Calvary. The third clinic is situated in Tuggeranong and is co-located with the Tuggeranong Health Centre.
If you are having difficulty getting to a CALMS clinic, feel free to mention this to the nurse on the phone as CALMS may be able to assist with providing transport.
Hours of Call centre operation:
6.00pm until 8.30am
Weekends & Public Holidays:
Hours of Clinic operation:
8:00pm until approximately 11:00pm
Weekends & Public Holidays:
10.00am until approximately 11.00pm
Tuggeranong (Weekends and Public Holidays only):
2.30pm to 5.30pm
CALMS Tuggeranong Surgery
Tuggeranong Community Health Centre,
Corner of Anketell & Pitman Streets
TUGGERANONG, ACT 2900
CALMS Southside Surgery
The Canberra Hospital,
GARRAN, ACT 2605
CALMS Northside Surgery
Calvary Hospital, Day Services Building,
Mary Potter Circuit,
BRUCE, ACT 2617
For advice about minor illness and injury, go to your local pharmacy (also called a chemist). Pharmacies are open at different times. Usually, you do not need to make an appointment. Some chemists can provide a medical certificate at a cost and many (not all) are able to provide the flu vaccine for adults over 18 years old.
Go to Pharmacy Guild of Australia to see a list of chemists near you.