Eligibility to access maternity services

All women must have a valid Medicare number to access maternity services as a public or private patient at Armadale Hospital. You will be asked for your Medicare card to validate the number.

If you do not have a valid Medicare number, please discuss with your GP about options to deliver your baby at a private maternity hospital in WA.

Emergency and urgent treatment

We will provide emergency care and urgent treatment to all patients irrespective of Medicare eligibility. However, patients without a valid Medicare number will receive an invoice from the hospital for any urgent care services provided.

Postcode allocations

Recent changes to postcode based eligibility for delivery at Armadale Hospital have come into effect from 1 July 2016. Postcodes that fall within the Armadale Hospital catchment area include: 6107 to 6112, 6121 to 6126 and 6147.

Reciprocal Health Care Agreements

The Australian Government has signed Reciprocal Health Care Agreements with the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, Norway, Slovenia, Malta and Italy. These agreements entitle you to some subsidised health services for essential medical treatment while visiting Australia. These agreements exclude anyone who comes to Australia for the sole purpose of having their child delivered here.

Visit the Medicare website for more information about Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (external site) for visitors to Australia, or call Medicare on 132 011.