Absolutely! Telehealth services like Instant Consult make it possible to get a 3-day medical certificate from the comfort of your home. Just book a telehealth consultation, answer a few questions, and you're sorted. It's quick and easy, perfect for when you need a certificate for a short sick leave or to care for a household member. Plus, our Australian-registered doctors are available from 6 AM to midnight AEST, seven days a week. That means you can get a multi-day certificate even after hours or on public holidays. No waiting rooms, no long wait times, and no travel. Simple and hassle-free, right?

What Conditions Qualify for a 3-day Medical Certificate?

Getting a multi-day medical certificate at Instant Consult is pretty straightforward. However, our doctors will still need to assess if your condition warrants an extended break from work. Some of the most common conditions that may qualify for a 3-day medical certificate are:

  • Colds and flu: If you’re down with symptoms like a severe sore throat, cough, or fever, you may need a few days of rest.
  • Migraines or severe headaches: When pain relief at home is necessary.
  • Stomach issues: Including food poisoning, gastroenteritis, or severe indigestion.
  • Minor injuries: Such as sprains or strains that don’t require emergency care.
  • Dental pain: Severe toothache or after dental procedures that need recovery time.
  • Eye infections: Like conjunctivitis, which can be contagious and require isolation.
  • Respiratory infections: Like bronchitis or sinus infections that need rest and recovery.

Remember, each case is unique. That’s why it’s important to tell your online doctor any symptoms you’re feeling so they can assess your condition accurately.

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How to Get a 3-Day Medical Certificate Online

With Instant Consult, you can get a single, two day or multiple day online doctors certificate in minutes wherever you are in Australia. Here’s how:

  1. Sign Up or Log In: Download the Instant Consult app and create an account or log in if you’re already a user.
  2. Request an Online Consultation: Click on the “Request a Consult” button and follow the prompts. A medical practitioner will connect with you in less than 15 minutes.
  3. Talk to Your Doctor: Chat with your doctor and tell them your symptoms. They may also ask about your medical history or any medications you’re taking to determine how many days off work you’ll need to recover.
  4. Receive Your Medical Certificate: After the doctor reviews the information you provide and if it is deemed it appropriate, they can issue you a medical certificate valid for up to three days. It will be sent directly to your Instant Consult inbox, and you can print it or send it to your employer right from the app.

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Types of 3-Day Online Medical Certificates

Just like any medical certificate you would get in in-person consultations, online certificates also come in different types depending on the specific purpose. At Instant Consult, our doctors can provide:

  • Sick Leave Certificate: This is the most common type of doctor’s certificate. It’s applicable if you yourself are unwell or unable to work.
  • Carer’s Leave Certificate: For times when you need to care for a sick family member or household member, our doctors can also provide a carer’s certificate.

Keep in mind that our doctor’s certificates can cover up to three days of leave. So if you just need a day off work, we can also provide single-day certificates.

Also, all our doctors are AHPRA-registered. That means they are as qualified as any healthcare provider that does in-person consultations, and any certificates they issue are just as valid.

How Many Sick Days Can You Take Without a Doctor’s Certificate in Australia?

Generally, employees can take one or two consecutive days of sick leave without providing a medical certificate. However, this can differ based on your workplace policy.

The Fair Work Act 2009 requires that you need to provide evidence when you are taking a personal leave due to illness, injury, or to care for someone else. However, it doesn’t specify when medical certificates should be provided. So, the discretion is left entirely to employers.

According to the Fair Work Ombudsman, employers can ask employees to provide evidence for as little as 1 day or less off work. However, some employers only require a medical certificate for extended absences, like 3 days or more. It’s always a good idea to check your employment contract or ask your HR department for clarity.

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With Instant Consult, you can chat with a doctor and get help for a wide range of medical requests, all from the comfort of your home!


Medical Certificates

Are you too ill to come into work and need to give your boss a medical certificate? With Instant Consult you can chat with a doctor and get a medical certificate sent directly to your app’s inbox, all without getting out of bed!



If you need a new prescription or need to update an ongoing one then you can use our app to instantly chat to a doctor who can prepare your prescription promptly!



If you have a medical condition that needs treatment from a specialist, one of our GP’s can send a digital referral straight to your app’s inbox.


Pathology Requests

If you need a blood cell count or to check for STDs/STIs or need any other kind of bloodwork you can easily get a pathology request sent to your inbox by any of our fully licensed online GPs. You can then take the request to the clinic of your choice.


Radiology Requests

If you require any special kind of diagnostic imaging such as a CAT scan or an MRI you can get a request from one of our online GPs which you can then take to your preferred provider.

What If You Need More Than 3 Days of Leave?

Instant Consult’s online medical certificates can only cover up to three days of leave. If you need more time off work to recover, you may need to visit a doctor in person.

Online consultations are ideal for minor illnesses or injuries that typically resolve in 3 days or less. However, for chronic health issues, severe symptoms, and mental health issues, our doctors may refer you to a specialist or a local GP for a physical consultation. This is not only to determine how many days you have to be off work but also to get you the specialised care or any other medical help you need to fully recover.

It’s also a good idea to discuss long-term leave or adjustments to your work situation with your employer if you expect your condition to go on for a long time.

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Securing a medical certificate can often be a hassle, but this needs not be the case. With Instant Consult, you can connect with an Australian-registered doctor and get your certificate in minutes!

But that’s not all. Instant Consult also offers a range of telehealth services, including general consultations, specialist referrals, new and repeat prescriptions, as well as X-ray and blood test requests.