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Private health insurance and pregnancy

If you are planning to have a child and want private health insurance, there are things to consider such as waiting periods and what is covered.

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Pregnancy and newborn care on a visa in Australia

Pregnancy and newborn care are available in Australia on a visa. There may be extra costs if you're not covered by Medicare or private health insurance.

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Medicare during pregnancy

Medicare is a health insurance scheme funded by the Australian government. Find out what is covered by Medicare during pregnancy and after your baby is born.

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Public versus private care during pregnancy

When having a baby, you may want to decide between public and private care for the birth. Find out more about the care providers and cost.

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Maternity services in rural NSW

Find out what maternity services are available in rural or remote NSW

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Maternity services in rural Victoria

Find out what maternity services are available in rural and remote Victoria.

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Pregnancy help when overseas

It’s possible to travel safely overseas while pregnant. But if something does go wrong, there are usually ways to get help. Find out here how to be properly prepared.

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Financial support for rural families

Many families with children and babies live in rural and remote areas. Find out what financial assistance is available to families in the country.

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Support for migrants to Australia

If you are new to Australia, find out how the government and community organisations can support you.

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