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Information last updated 17 November 2022
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The Women's and Children's Hospital is located on the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

Connecting with a GP (Family Doctor)

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What is a GP?

A GP (General Practitioner, or family doctor) is a doctor who specialises in family medicine: they help babies, children, teenagers and adults of all ages.

Your child should see their GP for ongoing care after they have stayed in hospital overnight or visited the Emergency Department.

Your child should see their GP if you’re worried about any health problems like:

  • ear problems and pain
  • breathing problems, like asthma
  • minor accidents and injuries
  • immunisations and health checks
  • teenage health
  • mental health concerns like anxiety
  • learning or behavioural issues
  • skin rashes
  • any other health concerns.

Children with long-term health issues should see their GP regularly

A GP who knows your child well can sort out their health problems more easily. Children with ongoing health issues should see their GP regularly (e.g. once a month or school term).

GPs can work with your child’s paediatrician (children’s doctor) and other health workers from the Women’s and Children’s Hospital or other clinics.

Finding a GP

Ask your friends or family who they see. Think about your cultural, language and health care needs.

Search online:

  • HotDoc (can search for languages)
  • Healthdirect Service Finder
  • Call 13 HEALTH (13 432 584)
  • Google “Find a GP nearby”
  • Google “Aboriginal health services” for GP clinics just for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • GP Medical Centre websites often list the GPs and their languages, interests, availability and location

Remember: Don’t be afraid to try different GPs until you find one who feels right for your family.

How can my family see a GP?

  • Book online through the GP’s Medical Centre website, HotDoc or HealthDirect website
  • Phone the GP’s medical centre

Having a GP can help the health and wellbeing of your child and family

Tip: If your child needs to see a GP quickly, phone early in the morning and explain that your child is a regular patient and why they need to be seen urgently.