When it comes to healthcare, the Illawarra is very lucky to have access to quality medical centres, hospitals, disability services, aged care and specialists.
With the vast range of services available it is unlikely that you will have to travel outside of the region for treatment.
If you have a health concern and don't know where to go, usually the first point of contact for any non-emergency issue is your local doctor or GP (general practitioner).
Some people have built a relationship with their GP over time, which can be beneficial as the doctor gets to understand that person's particular needs and medical history.
Click here to read the full ILLAWARRA HEALTH & SERVICES DIRECTORY 2021
GPs work in many types of health services including private medical centres and health clinics, community health services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services.
A GP can not only refer you to a specialist of any kind, if needed, they can also help you manage the recovery phase afterward if treatment is required.
Even if you don't have pressing symptoms it is important to get regular health check-ups.
Health check-ups can identify any early signs of health issues. Finding problems early means that your chances for effective treatment are increased. Many factors, such as your age, health, family history and lifestyle choices will determine how often you need a check-up.
The impact of COVID-19 last year made it more difficult for people to see their GP in person, with many appointments conducted via Telehealth or phone consultation but that shouldn't be a reason to avoid treatment.
Our local medical practitioners are here to help you.
Where to go for help:
Emergency - call 000 or get to a hospital emergency department
Non-urgent - See a general practitioner
After hours care - Illawarra Radio Doctor - 4228 5522
Crisis support - Lifeline - 13 11 14
Mental health support - BeyondBlue - 1300 224 636