What is Instant Consult?
Instant Consult provides you with the ability to have a health consultation with an Australian registered, fully qualified and experienced Doctor via video call, anywhere in Australia. We provide a platform for affordable and effective health consultations supplementing the traditional health care system. The ultimate benefit of Instant Consult is the convenience to patients. No need to book an appointment – simply “Request a Consult” and the first available Doctor will connect with you instantly.
This is exceptionally useful for time poor patients who have to ring multiple clinics to find a suitable appointment time. Rather than having to drive, park and sit in a waiting room with other people, you can be speaking with a doctor within seconds. This is also of particular benefit to rural patients or those where access to local General Practitioners is limited. Consultation costs are extremely competitive and lower than any private practice for a standard consultation.
What can I use Instant Consult for?
Our Doctors specialise in Medical Certificates, Prescriptions (including Repeats), Specialist Referrals, Pathology Requests and Radiology Requests. You can also speak to our Doctors for just about any general medical issue, including cold and flu, sore throat, sexual health, diarrhoea, vomiting and more. Instant Consult believes over 80% of typical medical consultations can be effectively managed online via video call. Using Instant Consult takes pressure off medical practices as well as after hour hospital visits, letting your local doctors and nurses focus on physical examination and genuine emergency care.
Can anyone use the Instant Consult Service?
You must be within Australia and be 17 years old or over to use the Instant Consult Service. If you are under the age of 17, you can only access and use the service in the presence of at all times, and with the consent of, a parent or guardian.
Can I obtain a Medical Certificate using the Instant Consult Service?
Yes, a doctor can issue you with a Medical Certificate if deemed necessary. The certificate will be available in your Instant Consult Inbox immediately following your consultation, which can be saved to your device or forwarded to an email address. The Medical Certificate will remain in your Instant Consult Inbox until you choose to delete it.
Can I obtain a Prescription or Repeat Prescription using the Instant Consult Service?
Yes, our doctors can issue Prescriptions and Repeat Prescriptions through Instant Consult. The prescription can be sent directly to your local pharmacy for immediate collection – to use this service you must select one of the approved pharmacies from Instant Consult’s Pharmacy Directory. Alternatively, if you do not choose to have your prescription collected from any of our approved pharmacies, then the prescription can be posted to you.
Please note that some medications cannot be prescribed using Instant Consult, including compounding, controlled substances, narcotics or opioids, sedatives and muscle relaxants, other Schedule 8 (S8) controlled drugs and medications requiring close monitoring by a doctor.
Pharmacy Finder www.instantconsult.com.au/pharmacyfinder
If you are a Pharmacy and would like to be added to our Pharmacy Directory, please email [email protected] for a registration pack.
Can I obtain a Specialist Referral using the Instant Consult Service?
Yes, a doctor can issue you with a Specialist Referral, including Pathology/Blood Test Requests and Radiology/X-Ray Requests. The Referral/Request will be available in your Instant Consult Inbox immediately following your consultation, which can be saved to your device or forwarded to an email address. The Referral/Request will remain in your Instant Consult Inbox until you choose to delete it.
How much will the consultation cost and how do I pay?
|Brief Consult (less than 10 minutes)||
|Standard Consult (more than 10 minutes)||
|Long Consult (more than 20 minutes)||$65.00|
|Prolonged Consult (more than 40 minutes)||
The consultations are automatically timed and billed. Your nominated credit or debit card will be automatically charged upon conclusion of your online consultation. You can edit your payment details 24/7 through the Instant Consult App and Website.
When you request a consult, an amount is automatically pre-authorised from your card. We have not taken the money from your account, it gets held by your bank until the funds are released back to you or captured by us. Funds are only charged and captured on conclusion of a successful consult. Funds are automatically released and refunded back onto your card if your consult request was cancelled or unsuccessful. It may take a few business days for your bank to release the funds back onto your card, but we automatically release and refund the charges when a consult request is not successful. It is up to your bank how long they will take to release the funds back onto your card.
Are the consultations covered by Medicare?
Instant Consult consultations are not covered by Medicare. Medicare do not offer rebates on video call consultation with GPs, therefore we cannot bulk-bill. We have kept our pricing as low as possible to ensure we offer an affordable solution for our users.
Should I use Instant Consult in cases of emergency?
No, if you need emergency medical attention in Australia you can dial 000. Examples of medical emergencies include: chest pain, head or spinal injuries, severe bleeding, loss of movement, breathing difficulties and reduced level of consciousness.
Will there always be doctors available?
Our aim is to have a doctor available on demand 24/7, however this is not always practicable. Please note the availability of doctors may vary, and we are constantly keeping track of balancing numbers of consult requests vs. number of doctors available for a consultation. If you are not immediately connected to a doctor, you will join a queue until the next available doctor connects to you.
You can view how many doctors are online and the current average wait time in the dashboard/homepage of your Instant Consult login. If you request a consult when no doctors are online, you will join a queue and wait to be connected with a doctor when one comes online, or be asked to request a consult at another time.
Can I get a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan using the Instant Consult Service?
Doctors are unable to generate a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan via the Instant Consult platform. Please see your local GP. Alternatively, our doctors can refer you to your nominated psychiatrist who may then prepare a management plan for you.
What technology do I need to use Instant Consult?
Instant Consult can be used with your web browser on any type of Windows PC, macOS and Android Tablet when logging in through the URL patient.instantconsult.com.au
Instant Consult iOS App is compatible on iPhones and iPads. You cannot login to Instant Consult through a web browser on an iOS device, so you must download the Instant Consult App if you want to use it on your iPhone or iPad.
Instant Consult Android App is compatible on Android Phones only. If you want to use Instant Consult on your Android Tablet, please login through a web browser on your tablet, like Google Chrome.
You will need a camera and speakers connected/installed on your device, and access to either a WiFi connection or a mobile data connection. The only web browser not compatible with the Instant Consult platform is Internet Explorer.
What security does Instant Consult use?
All internet traffic on Instant Consult use 256 bit SSL Certificates, which includes digital certificate authentication and 256 bit data encryption. 256 bit SSL Certificates are trusted by over 99.9% of current Internet users. Positive SSL is the solution for new websites and environments where trust has been established and entity verification (for identity assurance) is not needed.
How do I download the Instant Consult App?
Simply visit the Australian App Store for iOS or Google Play Store for Android to download the Instant Consult App for free. Once downloaded, simply register your details, agree to the terms and conditions and login! Don’t have an iPhone or Android? Visit our website www.instantconsult.com.au where you can sign up and login through your web browser.
More FAQs are available once you login to Instant Consult, which cover more detailed queries.