Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
We proudly respect and honour the traditional owners of our country and are committed to the ongoing health and prosperity of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
All our First Nations members are eligible for a free annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Health Assessment. We strongly encourage having the assessment annually to allow early detection and management of common, treatable conditions.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Assessments
The aim of the indigenous health assessment 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 illness and/or reduce life expectancy. This involves a review of the individual’s overall health including physical, psychological and social wellbeing.
The health check also assesses what preventive health care, health education and other assistance should be offered to the individual to improve their health and wellbeing. Further plans and clinical decisions (including tests, if appropriate) can then be made in collaboration with the patient, parent or carer with the aim of identifying any services the patient requires and/or any further actions that need to be taken.
Under the Medicare Benefit Scheme, an annual health assessment is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across all age groups (from newborn to the elderly) which are classified into categories including:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are less than 15 years old
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults from 15 – 55 years
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander older people who are aged 55 years and over
For those individuals eligible for the Closing the Gap co-payment subsidy, regular health checks are also important.
If you would like to make an appointment for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Assessment, please call us on (02) 6178 0400. Please be advised that at this point in time, these appointments are not available to be booked through the online portal.
Further information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare can be found on the Australian Government’s Department of Health website.