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This section looks at the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who received an Indigenous-specific follow-up service within 12 months of an Indigenous-specific health check. This includes information on:
Note that because of the 12-month follow-up window, this measure is not available at the time of writing for everyone who received an Indigenous-specific health check in 2019–20.
See Box 4 for key notes about the method used, including data limitations.
Box 4: Calculating rates of follow-up: method and limitations
One outcome of an Indigenous-specific health check (MBS item 715 or 228 only, since telehealth items were not available in 2018–19) can be referral for Indigenous-specific follow-up services under Indigenous-specific MBS items 10987, 81300–81360, 93200, 93202, 93048 and 93061. This report looks at the proportion of Indigenous Australians who receive one of these follow-up items within 12 months of their health check.
An overview of the method used to calculate rates of health checks, including key limitations, is described in this Box. See Data sources and notes for additional information.
Rates were calculated using the total number of people who had an Indigenous-specific health check as the denominator, while the numerator was people who received an Indigenous-specific follow-up within 12 months of a health check. For example, for 2018–19 data:
Key limitations of the analysis include:
No information is available from the MBS data set on the outcomes of a health check, and so it is not known how many people actually require follow-up care. Not all Indigenous Australians who have a health check will need follow-up services. Consequently, variation in follow-up rates (for example, by age group or geographic regions), may partly reflect differences in health status and need for follow-up care.
The data relate only to Indigenous-specific follow-up items provided by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner, practice nurse, or allied health professional (MBS items 10987, 81300–81360, 93200, 93202, 93048 and 93061; see also Box 3). Indigenous Australians may receive other MBS-rebated services after a health check that are also available to non-Indigenous patients.
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