WA Health system

Health advice for people coming to Western Australia

Need medical care?

Find out more about the different types of medical care in Western Australia and how you can get medical care.

Cost of medical care

Some health services for essential medical treatment are available to visitors from some countries through the Australian Government’s Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (external site) program. Essential medical treatment means any ill-health or injury which occurs while you are in Australia and requires treatment before you return home.

Some types of medications and health care services are not covered under these agreements.

Remember that these agreements do not replace private travel or medical insurance and that without travel insurance, your medical costs could be very high.

International students

Find out about multicultural health advice for international students.


This publication is provided for education and information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical care. Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not imply endorsement and is not intended to replace advice from your healthcare professional. Readers should note that over time currency and completeness of the information may change. All users should seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional for a diagnosis and answers to their medical questions.

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