If you need medical assistance after hours, call your local general practice clinic to see what after hours options are available. In an emergency always call 000.
If your local practice isn't open, you can call the healthdirect GP advice and support line on 1800 022 222, which is available to people who live in a country area from:
- 6pm - 7.30am Monday to Friday
- midday on Saturday
- all day Sunday and on Public Holidays
At the end of your call, you will be offered a care advice summary, sent to you by SMS or email, so you can easily recall the details of the advice you are given.
You can also agree to have a summary of your call sent to your regular GP's practice overnight, so they are aware of the call when they open their surgery the following day. The after hours GP helpline can also upload a summary of your call to your My Health Record.
The healthdirect after hours GP helpline was established in July 2011 and is funded by the Australian Government. healthdirect also has a symptom checker and a national 'find a health service' directory available - click here for more details.
In the Murray PHN region, there are also three supercare pharmacies in Bendigo, Mildura and Shepparton.
Supercare pharmacies are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a registered nurse on duty from 6-10pm to provide advice and treatment for minor injuries or illnesses.