Rottnest Island Nursing Post

Care during COVID-19

Our nursing post provides accident and emergency care.

We do not provide rapid antigen test (RAT) or PCR testing services for COVID-19.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or have received a WA Health directive, you are to return to the mainland to be tested and isolate accordingly.

You can return using the same transport on which you arrived, including ferry services.

Always wear your mask, physically distance from others and sign-in using the ServiceWA app (external site).

Call the COVID-19 information helpline on 13 26843 if you need further advice and information on COVID-19 screening.

Remember, please treat our nurses and doctors with respect.  Aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated.

About us

We provide accident and emergency care to Rottnest Island residents and visitors. Our dedicated team includes a nurse practitioner/clinical nurse manager, clinical nurses and an administration clerk.

The nursing team is supported by a Fiona Stanley Hospital Emergency Department consultant over the busy summer school holidays and Easter holiday weekends. During some other island events, additional medical and nursing support is available.

Our nurses have extensive knowledge and skills in advanced assessment, diagnosis, nursing care and evaluation. The Nursing Post is equipped to offer Advanced Life Support (ALS) and all registered clinical nurses are ALS competent.

We use a specially-equipped ambulance to retrieve patients, when necessary, and patients who need advanced ongoing care are transferred to mainland tertiary hospitals.

We work closely with the Rottnest Island Authority, WA Police and the Rottnest Island Fire and Emergency Service to provide coordinated emergency responses.

We also provide support services such as limited x-ray, pathology and medication supplies.

Patient information

Visitors to the island should bring adequate supplies of their own prescription medications and a small first aid kit. There is no longer a pharmacy service on the island.

Treatment charges apply for some patients

Treatment charges apply for those who do not have a valid Medicare card or international visitors whose home country does not have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia (Healthy WA).

Information for GPs

The Nursing Post has limited material resources and patients requiring dressings should be advised to bring adequate supplies for the duration of their stay.


Enquiries about patient referrals should be made to the Clinical Nurse Manager, accompanied by a detailed written referral. 

The Clinical Nurse Manager/Nurse Practitioner can be contacted by phoning the Fiona Stanley Hospital Helpdesk on 6152 2222.

Education/training opportunities

Nurse student placements may be considered – please contact the Clinical Nurse Manager for details.

Contact us

Call the Fiona Stanley Hospital Helpdesk on 6152 2222 with all queries.


2 Abbott St, Rottnest Island

Operating hours

8.30am – 4.30pm daily


Call 000 for life threatening emergencies. A clinical nurse is on-call for emergencies.

After hours health advice is available from Healthdirect (external link) by phoning 1800 022 222.

Following a telephone assessment, patients may be directed to the Rottnest Island on-call clinical nurse for review and treatment.

Visit Healthy WA

Link to Healthy WA – health info for your family.