Click below to watch videos for the Afghan community about health and how to use local health services. Stories are about local Afghan people using services to help their health, mental health and their family’s health.

Talking about health

Hamza is a 45 year old husband and father. Hamza visits a General Practitioner (GP) often to check his health and find out what he can do to help himself be healthy. He learns that health is about how you feel in your body, your mind and your heart.

He also learns that a GP is a doctor who can help look after all health concerns.



When you need to see a doctor

Having good health means being well physically, emotionally and socially. It is important to check your health often even if you do not feel sick or have pain.

A General Practitioner (GP) is a doctor who can help look after all your health concerns. Visit your GP often to stay healthy.



When the doctor’s clinic is closed

To get medical help after hours phone your GP clinic first. A doctor can help you after hours when the GP clinic is closed, by visiting you at home or speaking with you on the phone.

You can also phone the free* GP helpline on 1800 022 222.

Hospital Emergency Departments are for “medical emergencies” only. This means if someone’s life or long term health is at risk. In a “medical emergency” you can call 000 and ask for an ambulance to come to you. For health problems that are not “medical emergencies” you should speak to your GP first.

* free from landlines and some mobile phones



When you are feeling sad or worried

The way you think and feel is just as important for your health as how your body feels.

Mental health issues are common and can effect anyone. People with mental illness can get better if they get help.

Talk to your family and friends about how you are feeling and see your GP. Keeping busy and being an active part of your community is good for your mental health.



Getting ready for school

All family members including parents, grandparents and elders have an important role teaching and playing with children.

Having health checks with a General Practitioner (GP) or nurse can help to make sure your child is healthy and developing well.

Going to playgroup and kindergarten gives children skills and knowledge they will build on for the rest of their lives.

Immunisations help protect children from dangerous infections. Most children born overseas will need extra immunisations to be ready to start school.



A healthy start to life

Understanding health and health services for women who have recently had a baby.

In Australia, all children from birth to age 5 attend a free Maternal and Child Health (MCH) service. MCH services are found in your local community. MCH nurses help to make sure children are growing and developing well.

Check your child’s health often with your local MCH service or General Practitioner (GP).