Care for children is always available

Care for children is always available. Winter can be a busy time for emergency departments and it is important to consider whether it really is an emergency.

For minor illness or injury, there are a range of care options to consider, including your local GP or pharmacy. Local health services, including information about after hours services, can be found through the National Health Services Directory at

If it is an emergency, emergency care for children is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some conditions that are not life-threatening for an adult can be more serious for babies and young children. In particular, young babies with fever need to be assessed by a doctor. In an emergency or life threatening situation, always call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.

For more information, including emergency department locations and information about other care options, visit

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