Type of follow-ups
In 2020–21, of Indigenous‑specific follow‑up services, there were:
- 291,000 services provided by a practice nurse or an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner to 139,000 Indigenous Australians
- 67,500 allied health services provided to 32,400 Indigenous Australians.
Of the allied health services follow‑up services, the most common were those provided by:
- physiotherapists (about 17,500 services)
- podiatrists (12,400 services)
- Aboriginal health workers or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners (about 11,600 services) (Table 1).
Telehealth items were claimed for 7% of allied health follow‑ups in 2020–21 (4,800 of 67,500 services), compared with only 3% of follow‑ups (9,200 of 291,000 services) with a practice nurse or an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner (Table 1).
Table 1: Number of Indigenous‑specific follow‑up services and patients, by type of follow‑up, 2020–21
A table showing the number of follow-up patients and services in 2020-21, by detailed practitioner type and telehealth status. In total, 358,000 services were delivered to 154,000 patients. Refer to table 'FS02' in data tables.