WA Health system

Emergency and crisis

There are a range of services available to provide support and immediate response to people in crisis or in need of urgent medical care.

These include:

  • emergency medical care
  • emergency medical transport
  • 24 hour telephone counselling, advice and referral services
  • individual and family crisis assistance
  • psychiatric or drug related emergencies.

Hospital emergency departments

Emergency departments in public hospitals provide free emergency care to anyone who needs immediate treatment for a serious injury or illness.

Read more about hospital emergency departments.

Find out the current status of the emergency department in each of the metropolitan public hospitals.

Ambulance services

St John Ambulance Australia (WA)


Metropolitan hospital emergency services

The metropolitan hospitals listed in this section provide 24 hour emergency services for people who have had a serious accident or suddenly become ill and require urgent medical care.

View the metropolitan hospital emergency department wait times.

Link to emergency department wait times


Country hospital emergency services

Country hospitals and nursing posts provide or can arrange emergency services. Ambulance services or the Royal Flying Doctor Service can also help you access these services. Health services information can be found using the National Health Services Directory.

Royal Flying Doctor Service (WA)


Telephone services

Various telephone services are available to assist people or provide referral to services which can help.

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Alcohol and Drug Support Service

Alcohol and Drug Support Line (formerly the Alcohol and Drug Information Service/ADIS)

24 hour 7 days a week, statewide counselling, information, referral and support to anyone concerned about their own or another person’s alcohol or drug use.

Phone: (08) 9442 5000 (metro callers) or 1800 198 024 (country callers)
Email: alcoholdrugsupport@mhc.wa.gov.au
Website: Mental Health Commission (external site)
Live chat: Visit Alcohol. Think Again. (external site) or Drug Aware (external site)

Parent and Family Drug Support Line (formerly the Parent Drug Information Service/PDIS)

24 hour 7 days a week, statewide counselling, information, referral and support for anyone concerned about a loved one’s alcohol or drug use.

Phone: (08) 9442 5050 (metro callers) or 1800 653 203 (country callers)
Email: alcoholdrugsupport@mhc.wa.gov.au
Website: Mental Health Commission (external site)
Live chat: Visit Alcohol. Think Again. (external site) or Drug Aware (external site)

Working Away Alcohol and Drug Support Line

24 hour 7 days a week, statewide counselling, information and referral to support the health and wellbeing of working away from home communities including FIFO/fly-in-fly-out workers, their families and friends.

Phone: 1800 721 997 (country callers)
Email: workingaway@mhc.wa.gov.au
Website: Mental Health Commission (external site)
Live chat: Visit Alcohol. Think Again. (external site) or Drug Aware (external site)

Meth Helpline

24 hour 7 days a week, statewide counselling, information, referral and support to anyone concerned about their own or another person’s methamphetamine use.

Phone: 1800 874 878
Email: alcoholdrugsupport@mhc.wa.gov.au
Website: Mental Health Commission (external site)
Live chat: Visit Alcohol. Think Again. (external site) or Drug Aware (external site)

Drug Aware

Drug Aware is a program that targets young people with messages about drug use, focussing on the prevention of drug use and associated harm. It aims to do this by providing credible, factual information that people make informed decisions.

Do you need some information about drugs? Or have you got a question about your own or someone else's drug use?

To contact Drug Aware you can:

  • Email (external site) – Your email will be answered as soon as possible during business hours, as this service is not staffed 24 hours a day.
  • Chat online (external site) and confidentially to a qualified alcohol and other drugs counsellor (click chat button on home page). This service is provided free-of-charge for residents of Western Australia and is operated between the hours of 7.00am and 11.00pm.

If your question cannot be answered, you will be pointed in the right direction.

Child Protection Unit (formerly Child Sexual Abuse Unit)

Family Help Line

  • Phone: (08) 9223 1100
  • Outside metro area: Free call 1800 643 000 (free from land line only)

Kids Help Line

Mental Health Emergency Response Line (formerly Psychiatric Emergency Team)

Ngala

  • 9 George Street, Kensington WA 6151
  • Phone: (08) 9368 9368
  • Outside metro area – Free call 1800 111 546 (free from land line only)
  • Visit the Ngala website (external site)

Poisons Information Centre

RuralLink

  • Outside metro area – Free call 1800 552 002 (free from land line only)

Samaritans Crisis Line (formerly Suicide Emergency Line – Country)

Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC)

  • Phone: (08) 9340 1828 (crisis line 24 hours)
  • Outside metro area – Free call 1800 199 888 (free from a land line only)
  • See more about the Sexual Assault Resource Centre

Women and Newborn Drug and Alcohol Service (WANDAS)

Last reviewed: 16-10-2018

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