Skip to content
Beta
The website is currently in development and some functionality is not yet available. You are welcome to add your feedback as we continue to update content.
Browser not supported. Not optimized for Internet Explorer 11. To get the best possible experience using this site we recommend you use the latest versions of Microsoft Edge, Chrome or Firefox.
Skip to navigation

Health risk factors

Health checks

Indigenous Australians can receive an annual health check that is funded through Medicare (Department of Health 2021). This Indigenous-specific health check was introduced in recognition that Indigenous Australians, as a group, experience some particular health risks.

The aim of the Indigenous-specific health check is to encourage early detection and treatment of common conditions that cause ill health and early death—for example, diabetes and heart disease.

In 2018–19, among Indigenous Australians:

  • 29% (241,017) had an Indigenous-specific health check.
  • Across states and territories, Queensland had the highest rate of Indigenous-specific health checks (with 37% of Indigenous Australians receiving an Indigenous-specific health check), followed by the Northern Territory (35%). Tasmania had the lowest rate (13%).
  • Across the five remoteness areas, the rate of Indigenous-specific health checks was generally higher in more remote areas—increasing from 24% in Major cities to 37% in Outer regional and 38% in Remote areas. Very remote areas were the exception to this general pattern, with a rate of 28% (Figure HR 16).
Export