All Indigenous people are eligible for an annual Indigenous-specific health check: item 715 on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). This tool shows numbers and usage rates of the checks at national, state and territory and Primary Health Network levels. Charts can be customised to show different time periods and, where possible, disaggregations by age and sex. 

  • Cat. no: WEB 125
Findings from this report:
  • Nationally, the health check usage rate increased from 11% in 2010-11 to nearly 29% in 2016–17.

  • In 2015–16, health checks in Primary Health Networks ranged from 163 (Northern Sydney) to nearly 30,000 (Northern Qld).

  • In 2016–17, the biggest gap between health check rates and 2023 goals was in the 0–4 age group (29% compared to 69%).

  • Nationally, the number of health checks billed each year increased from 71,400 in 2010–11 to 217,700 in 2016-17.