Children and young people in care, or who have been in care, may be eligible for a range of health services and programs to meet their physical, developmental, psychosocial and mental health needs.
If you are a young person or a carer of a child or young person, speak with your DCP caseworker for more information.
All children and young people in care are entitled to receive a government Health Care Card.
If you have a child or young person in your care, you can apply directly for a Health Care Card on the Department of Human Services website at www.humanservices.gov.au or by telephone on 13 61 50.
You may need some additional information, such as the child or young person’s birth certificate. For more information, speak with your DCP caseworker.
Children and young people entering care will receive:
- a preliminary health check within 30 days
- a comprehensive health and development assessment within 3 months
- a health management plan and personal record
- ongoing health monitoring, assessment and treatment.
For more information, speak with your DCP caseworker.
Children and young people in care, or who have transitioned from care may be covered for the cost of emergency hospital transport up to the age of 21 years, under an agreement with the SA Ambulance Service.
For more information, speak with your DCP caseworker or visit the Ambulance cover page.
- Department for Health and Wellbeing
- SA Ambulance Service