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Know who to contact if you need medical attention
Do you know what to do if you or a loved one gets sick or injured while travelling and needs medical assistance?
Australians who need urgent assistance while overseas can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency , which is based in Canberra on:
Contact your travel insurer
If you or someone is unwell and needs medical attention, contact your travel insurance company straight away. Most provide 24-hour emergency assistance and can usually be contacted from anywhere in the world.
Health services can be costly in many countries so it pays to have travel insurance if something unexpected happens.
Seek local assistance
If you still need medical assistance or do not have adequate travel insurance:
- Visit a doctor, hospital or health service in the area where you are staying – get advice from your accommodation provider or tour operator.
- Contact the Australian embassy or consulate in the country you are in and follow the telephone prompts. Most will have a list of local doctors or hospitals. If you do not speak the language, ask for someone who speaks English.