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Appropriate treatment

Last updated 17 August 2023

What appropriate treatment means for health professionals and conditions for GST-free treatment.

A health professional is supplying appropriate treatment when they use their professional skills to:

  • assess a patient's health
  • work out a course of action to preserve, restore or improve the patient's physical or psychological wellbeing, as far as the practitioner's training allows
  • supply a treatment that is generally accepted by their profession as being appropriate for the patient.

Appropriate treatment includes preventative medicine and routine check-ups. For example, procedures such as pap smears, breast cancer screening and vaccinations are GST-free as they are appropriate for the people involved.