Free public health care in NSW for people fleeing the Israel-Gaza conflict 

Many people who have fled the Israel-Gaza conflict arrived in Australia on visa subclass 600 (visitor/tourist visa). This visa does not generally include access to Medicare.

To assist with access to public health services, NSW Health is providing access to public hospital services free of charge for people fleeing the Israel-Gaza war who arrived in Australia on or after 17 October 2023. This is a temporary arrangement under the NSW Health policy for asylum seekers without Medicare

This policy requires NSW Health public hospitals, mental health services, NSW Ambulance and NSW Health Pathology to waive fees for public health services such as emergency care, ambulatory and outpatient care, maternity services (antenatal and postnatal care) mental health service and ambulance transport for emergencies.

Patients being referred to NSW public health services will be required to present with relevant documentation to show they have arrived from Gaza or Israel, such as visa, passport or travel documents.   

For more information:

Torture & Trauma Service – STARTTS

Referrals can be made to STARTTS. Medicare is not required

Call(02) 9646 6800 – Ask for the Intake Counsellor

Visa support and financial assistance:

Emergency financial assistance is being provided through The Australian Red Cross


For any further assistance, please contact NSW Refugee Health Service on 9794 0770