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  • Young people over 15 years of age can apply for their own Medicare card and it is sometimes possible for a young person to agree to their own medical treatment.
  • If you are under 18, the law is not always clear about how old you must be to agree to or refuse medical treatment.
  • Even if you are under 18 you can see a doctor for minor medical issues such as getting treatment for a virus, cold or acne.
  • In certain circumstances, you can also see a doctor for medical advice and treatment on sexual matters, including abortion and contraception, without your parents knowing.
  • You can access a range of free or low-cost health services, including services for mental health and dental health, community health services and support services if you have a disability.
  • There are free health services available for young asylum seekers and refugees.

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Reviewed on: 19-10-2015