Health and wellbeing

Staying healthy with disability

Staying healthy is important to help manage disabilities. Your doctor or general practitioner (GP) should be your first contact for any health-related problems. Phone 000 if you have a medical emergency.

National Health Services Directory can help you find a local doctor.

Healthdirect is a 24-hour telephone health advice line staffed by nurses to provide expert health advice and information. Phone 1800 022 222 for help.

An after-hours GP helpline is available through Healthdirect. The helpline is available when your GP may be closed, such as at night or on weekends and public holidays.

The National Home Doctor Locum Service provides bulk-billed, after-hours medical help in your home. Phone 13 74 25 (13SICK).

SA Health has general health information, including:

Specialist medical support

The Centre for Disability Health (CDH) provides a statewide health care service for people already receiving funded disability support. Phone 8397 8100 to make an enquiry or an appointment. Most of the centre's fees are paid in full by Medicare.

The centre also conducts a Women's Health Clinic each month for women with disability, with female doctors and nurses providing pap smears and breast examinations. It is important for women to have these tests every two years or as advised by their doctor.

Phone 8372 1442 to make an enquiry or appointment. All appointments are paid in full by Medicare.

Support through Medicare

Medicare may cover the full cost of some health services for people with disability, including a written GP management plan and coordination with other health and care providers.

Talk to your family doctor to find out if you are eligible. Ask about fees and if your doctor bulk bills before you agree to any health care.

Phone Medicare on 132 011 for more information.

Related information

On this site

Sexuality and sexual health

Other websites

SA Health
Health Direct Australia – for health and disability information
Chronic Disease Management – items under Medicare available to patients with a chronic medical condition.

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