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Is an online medical certificate the same as a regular medical certificate?
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Yes, a medical certificate from Qoctor is a legal document and contains all the appropriate information you’d expect - including relevant dates, full professional details of the doctor, and their signature. 


  • At Qoctor, all our doctors are experienced, based here in Australia, and registered with AHPRA.
  • Qoctor has been providing quality online healthcare since 2015, issuing medical certificates to employees across a wide range of industries and sectors. 
  • A medical certificate issued by a Qoctor doctor will always clearly state the name and signature of the consulting doctor, as well as their provider number (if you are considering using any online doctor service, always make sure that the service employs AHPRA registered doctors).
  • The certificate will show the date of the consultation at the top of the certificate and will also state the dates you were unfit for work within the text of the certificate.
  • A certificate can cover you for days in the recent past or future dates, as appropriate and at the doctor's discretion. We even have a "validity" checker to allow employers to verify the authenticity of a certificate if they wish (we never release your private information, just the fact a certificate is legitimate).


These days, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic it is routine for Australian GPs and specialists to assess their patients via video consultation, for all sorts of health issues. You should expect the doctor to ask you some questions about your medical history and your symptoms, just as you would in a regular clinic. This will allow them to assess the cause of your symptoms and the duration of sick leave required.


For more information on your rights and responsibilities as an employee with regard to sick leave, go to

To book a medical certificate appointment with Qoctor, click here

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