The aim of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Check (MBS item 715) is to help ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receive primary health care matched to their needs, by encouraging early detection, diagnosis and intervention for common and treatable conditions that cause morbidity and early mortality. The health assessment is an annual service and covers the full age spectrum.
A Resource Kit for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medicare Health Checks is available that contains fact sheets and proformas for completing the health checks.
- Fact sheet on Health Assessment Item 715
- Fact sheet on Follow-up Allied Health Services
- Fact sheet on Follow-up Health Services provided by a Practice Nurse or registered Aboriginal Health Worker
- Child Health Assessment (0-14) proforma
- Adult Health Assessment (15-54) proforma
- Older Person (55+) Health Assessment proforma
To order a hard copy of the resource kit, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (02) 6269 1060.
Heart Foundation resources – The Heart Foundation have information sheets available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that cover a range of topics related to cardiovascular disease and risk factors. Designed for educating patients and communities, these information sheets can be ordered, free of cost, through the Heart Foundation’s Health Information Service on 1300 36 27 87. An online version can also be downloaded below or from the Heart Foundation website (under A for Aboriginal health resources).
- Blood Pressure
- Coronary heart disease
- Heart attack
- Physical Activity
Follow-up Health Services
Indigenous people who have received a health check are able to access:
- Medicare rebates for follow up services provided by a practice nurse or registered Aboriginal health worker, on behalf of a medical practitioner, through MBS Item 10987. A maximum of ten services per patient is available in a calendar year.
- Medicare rebates for eligible allied health services on referral from their GP. A maximum of five allied health services are available per patient each calendar year (under allied health MBS Items 81300 – 81360). This is in addition to allied health services available to eligible patients with a chronic disease.
PIP Indigenous Health Incentive
The Practice Incentive Program (PIP) Indigenous Health Incentive aims to support general practices and Indigenous health services to provide better health care for Indigenous Australians, including best practice management of chronic disease.
The PIP Indigenous Health Incentive has three components:
- Sign-on Payment - One-off payment to practices that agree to undertake specified activities to improve the provision of care to their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients with a chronic disease.
- Patient Registration Payment - A payment to practices for each Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patient aged 15 years and over, registered with the practice for chronic disease management.
- Tier 1: Payment to practices for each registered patient for whom a target level of care is provided by the practice in a calendar year.
- Tier 2: Payment to practices for providing the majority of care for a registered patient in a calendar year.
Further information is available in the Indigenous Health Incentive Guidelines or by call the PIP enquiry line on 1800 222 032.