Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Assessments

Your health matters to us

An overarching goal of the National Health Co-op is to significantly reduce instances of preventable diseases and lessen the personal and societal impact of chronic conditions. That’s why we regularly review our patients’ files to identify individuals who may benefit from additional clinical support.

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:

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.