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

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.

Contact:

Address: City Community Health Centre Level 1, 1 Moore Street, Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: 02 5124 1787
Website

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.

ACT Health Services and Emergency Departments

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

For treatment of minor illness and injury (like colds, eye or ear infections, and minor cuts), go to a Walk-in Centre between 7:30am and 10:00pm on any day (seven days a week). You do not need to make an appointment. The Walk-in Centres can only help adults and children over 2 years old.

A fourth Walk-in Centre will be opening in Weston Creek at the end of 2019.

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

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:

Weekdays:
6.00pm until 8.30am

Weekends & Public Holidays:
24 hours

Hours of Clinic operation:

Weekdays:
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

Locations:

CALMS Tuggeranong Surgery
Tuggeranong Community Health Centre,
Corner of Anketell & Pitman Streets
TUGGERANONG, ACT 2900

CALMS Southside Surgery
The Canberra Hospital,
Yamba Drive
GARRAN, ACT 2605

CALMS Northside Surgery
Calvary Hospital, Day Services Building,
Mary Potter Circuit,
BRUCE, ACT 2617

Healthdirect health information phone line

If you do not know what to do about a health problem, or you do not know which health service to go to in your area, phone Healthdirect on 1800 022 222  at any time (24 hours a day, seven days a week).

Pharmacy or Chemist

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.

Capital Health Network

Find a health service through the Capital Health Network, search by category of health service and location to find a comprehensive list of relevant health services.