Never trek into any mountain area without giving someone reliable the details of where you're going and when you'll be back. Always carry weather-proof gear, thermals, a first aid kit, a map and extra water. Be prepared!
Doctors and Emergencies
The Mt Hotham Medical Centre quite logically specialises in treating skiing and boarding injuries, but also has a GP service, it’s expensive though, and doesn’t bulk bill for Medicare card holders. The nearest public hospital is the Wangaratta District Base Hospital, some two hours drive away. In Winter months the Ski Patrol will assist injured people, providing first aid and transfers to an ambulance or to the medical center as needed. Ski Patrol wear red and black jackets with a large white cross on the back and smaller white crosses on the arms, you can't miss em'. Resort employees such as the lift operators can summon Ski Patrol to assist you, so if there is an accident on the snow, someone should be sent down to the nearest lift to alert the operators. Flying injured skiers off the mountain by helicopter is fairly common - make sure your insurance covers this or sign up for an ambulance membership because the cost of a simple ambulance trip is insanely expensive.