Finding a doctor

Finding a doctor

It’s important to see the right people if you’re feeling unwell. We’ll tell you all you need to know to get your health back on track.

For newly arrived international students, it can be scary seeing a doctor for the first time; the system may be quite different from the one you’re used to. Watch this video to understand the basics of the Australian healthcare system.

finding a doctor

When you are feeling sick, it’s important that you go to the right place. There are three levels of medical care, and your illness will determine where to go:

  1. General Practitioner (GP). A GP is a general doctor, and usually the first place to go. There are many GP clinics around Melbourne, but you will need to book an appointment.
  2. Specialist doctor. A specialist is someone you see for a very specific reason; for example, a dermatologist is a doctor who specialises in skin complaints. You can only see a specialist after you have been to a GP, who will give you a referral.
  3. Hospital. Emergency departments at hospitals are for emergencies only. Do not go to hospital if you have a cold! 

Doctors' fees are covered by your OSHC (medical insurance). Some doctors will charge extra and you need to pay the gap; others charge only the amount covered by your OSHC and you won’t be out of pocket. 

RMIT now has its own medical clinic and is free for all students.

In a medical emergency, call 000 for an ambulance.

19 January 2023


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