After hours primary health care is accessible and effective primary health care for people whose health condition cannot wait for treatment until regular primary health care services are next available. It should not be a substitute for primary health care that could otherwise occur 'in hours'.
New funding arrangements for after hours service provision were implemented on 1 July 2015 and consist of funding for:
- A new PIP After Hours Incentive programme through the Australian Government.
- Primary Health Networks to support locally-tailored after hours services.
- New after hours GP advice and support line.
The After Hours GP advice and support line will better support all Australians who do not have access to face to face GP services in the after hours period.
The new After Hours GP advice and support line is operated by healthdirect Australia and commenced on 1 July 2015.
"Make the right call to get the right care."
The After Hours GP and support line is 1800 022 222.