Ways to manage your recovery

This page has some general information about the things you can do to be in control of your recovery .

Translated health information

Top tips for safe health care

This booklet is available in English and other languages.

The booklet is designed to help you, your family members, carers and other support people to get the most out of your health care. You can use the information in the booklet when you talk to your doctor and other healthcare providers, including nurses, pharmacists, specialists, allied health and mental health workers.

Top tips for safe health care

Go to the Health translations website to find more information in your own language.

Ask questions

A great way to understand what is happening with your health is to ask your doctor questions. This helps you take charge of your recovery. You can make better decisions about what is right for you.

The Health Direct website has questions you can ask about your injury, medication, treatment and tests.

Health Direct also has a question builder tool. You can use this tool to make a list of questions for your next appointment. You can print or email the questions and take them with you.

The Choosing Wisely Australia website has a list of 5 questions you should ask before you get any test, treatment or procedure. This list is also available in different languages.

Tips to get the most out of your appointments

Here are some suggestions to help you get the most out of your healthcare appointments:

  • Book a longer appointment
  • Prioritise and write down your issues
  • Arrange an interpreter if you need one
  • Describe your issues clearly and accurately
  • Be as honest as you can
  • Ask questions to make sure you understand everything the doctor tells you
  • Make a follow-up appointment
  • Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion

Conditions and treatment

The Better Health Channel can help you find information about different conditions and how to treat them.