Healthy North Coast

After Hours

Information For Consumers

Click here.


Resources For Health Professionals


National Health Services Directory (NHSD)

The NHSD is:

  • A joint initiative of all Australian governments
  • A national register of allied health services
  • Provides consumers with easy access to reliable information about health services
  • Information includes medical clinic contact details, location, opening hours, wheelchair access and bulk billing services

Healthdirect – After Hours Resources for Your Patients

  • Healthdirect is a free health information and advice service
  • Funding is from state and federal government funding for various health services
  • A variety of initiatives designed to improve health information and support for the consumer

after hours GP helpline – 1800 022 222

  • Free service
  • Provides access to a doctor on the phone
  • Operates at night from 6pm to 8am, weekends and public holidays
  • Refer to the NHSD to general practices who are open when appropriate

Pregnancy Birth and Baby Helpline – 1800 882 436

  • National support and information service for expecting parents and parents of children aged 0-5 years
  • Provides trusted information from healthcare professionals
  • Available seven days per week
  • Video consult available

Palliative Care After Hours Helpline – 1800 548 225 (NSW only)

  • Specialist palliative care nurses with expert knowledge, skills and recent experience in palliative care will provide advice and support for callers with complex issues
  • Examples of support are pain management, medication information, equipment (e.g. syringe pump) and a basic counselling support

Health Direct Health and Wellbeing Applications

A selection of healthcare apps from their trusted information partners. Such as:

  • Beyond Blue (depression)
  • Cot to Bed Safety (cot death avoidance)
  • National Public Toilet App
  • On Track with the Right Mix (alcohol management)
  • My Quit Buddy (smoking cessation)
  • Recharge (six week program improving mood, energy and wellbeing)
  • ReachOut Breathe (physical symptoms of stress)

Plus several more.

Health Direct Resources for your practice

A variety of Healthdirect resources can be ordered online.


Medical Deputising Services (MDS)

Click here for an up-to-date list of services in the NCPHN footprint.

MDS are services that arrange for or facilitate the provision of medical services to patients of GPs (principals) by other medical practitioners (deputising doctors) during the absence of, and at the request of, the GP (RACGP, 2016).

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 6pm – 8am

Saturday: 12pm through to Sunday

Sunday and Public Holidays: 24 hours