Health Services

The Dorset community is serviced by a range of health facilities, programs and specialists.

North East Soldiers' Memorial (NESM) Hospital

28 Fosters Road, Scottsdale 7260
(03) 6778 8522 - 
In the case of an EMERGENCY please call 000 (triple zero).
The NESM Hospital in Scottsdale provides acute care beds, an Outpatient and Emergency Service, physiotherapy, radiology and visiting services. There is a dental unit for children, and X-ray services are also available. Other services include Community Nursing, Home Help/Personal Care and Home Maintenance.

Aminya & James Scott Wing Nursing Homes

17 & 19 Cameron Street, Scottsdale 7260
(03) 6352 9621
These facilities provide aged care for people residing in north-east Tasmania. ‘Aminya' is an aboriginal term for ‘peaceful place' with this facility located immediately adjacent to the NESM Hospital, and the James Scott Wing at the NESM Hospital. Residents are able to enjoy close contact with their ongoing community activities and friends, and can look out over the lush pastures of the nearby farms. Both these facilities are managed by May Shaw Health Centre. There is capacity for 59 permanent residents across the two facilities, along with several respite beds. You can find out more here.

Scottsdale Doctors Surgery

2 Fosters Road, Scottsdale 7260
(03) 6352 2522
- For after hours medical advice please phone GP Assist on 1800 022 222.
This is a purpose built new building with pathology onsite, a three bay treatment room, and seperate procedure room. Doctors and visiting specialists are available for appointments. Find out more here:
Primary Health staff from the Royal Flying Doctor Service are also based from these premises, including a Mental Health Worker, Physical Health Worker and Rural Health Worker, targeting mental illness, heart disease, lung disease and dementia to improve local health outcomes.

Scottsdale Medical Centre

15 George Street, Scottsdale 7260
(03) 6352 2555

Bridport Doctors Surgery

123 Main St, Bridport 7262
(03) 6356 1500

This is a sub-branch of the Scottsdale Doctors Surgery, open Mondays & Thursdays.

Dorset Community House

3 Cameron Street, Scottsdale 7260
(03) 6352 2765
The Dorset Community House offers educational courses and social activites for people within the community. The community house also provides referrals to health services and offers a meeting room for organisations. Open Monday to Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.
A Laurel House Counsellor is available on the last Monday of every month.

Rural Alive & Well (RAW)

Rural Alive & Well's Outreach Program is a 24 hour a day service - 7 days a week - simply call 1300 HELP MATE (1300 4357 6283). Local outreach worker, Rhonda Gee-Mackrill can come to you, or alternatively can talk to you over the phone. Her role is to offer a friendly ear in a difficult time, as well as offer information, support and strategies to help, and link you to relevant services that can assist. Her service is free and confidential. Rhonda can be contacted directly on 0418 473 293 or email

Cancer Council Outreach Service

The Cancer Council Outreach Service have a 4 weekly service at the Scottsdale LINC from 10 - 11 am on Tuesdays. Working to minimise the incidence and impact of cancer on all Tasmanians, through advocacy, raising awareness of cancer prevention and offering support and information for anyone affected by the disease. Contact the LINC on 03 6778 8586 to confirm the date of their next visit.


Dorset Council provides free "in-school" immunisation programs for school children. For further information regarding the school-based immunisation program please contact Council's Environmental Health Officer on 03 6352 6500 or click here to view the Department of Health & Human Services website.

Sharps Disposal

Please note that private needle users, such as diabetics, can obtain sharps containers from Dorset Council at reduced rates.

Scottsdale Ambulance Volunteers

The local Ambulance Tasmania service located in Scottsdale provides 24/24 emergency response and medical transport to the general public and members of the Scottsdale community. As well as two salaried paramedics, the Scottsdale Ambulance Station relies on a dedicated group of volunteers. Volunteer training is provided by Ambulance Tasmania and local paramedics, and is a nationally recognised first aid qualification. Ambulance Tasmania are always welcoming new volunteers for the local Scottsdale Ambulance group. If you are interested in volunteering for Scottsdale Ambulance feel free to give the station a ring on 03 6352 6406 and they will be happy to provide further information. 
More information and application forms can also be obtained at the following web link:

There are also a range of other health services available to Dorset residents. The Dorset Community Health Services Booklet is an A-Z Guide of services available.
Every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this guide and listed above is accurate and current. Dorset Council will not be held responsible for loss, damage, or injury arising from any inaccuracies in this information.