Over the 5‑year period from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2021, about 553,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people received at least one Indigenous‑specific health check. This is equivalent to over half (63%) of the Indigenous population at 30 June 2021, acknowledging that a small proportion of those patients may have either died or moved overseas during the 5‑year period.
The 553,000 Indigenous‑specific health check patients included around:
- 222,000 people who received 1 health check during the 5‑year period (equivalent to 25% of the Indigenous population)
- 145,000 people who received 2 health checks (16%)
- 97,000 people who received 3 health checks (11%)
- 59,000 people who received 4 health checks (7%)
- 30,000 people who received 5 or more health checks (3%) (Figure 7).
Indigenous females were more likely than Indigenous males to have received at least one Indigenous‑specific health check during the 5‑year period – equivalent to 66% of the Indigenous female population (289,000 females) compared with 60% of the Indigenous male population (264,000 males).
Figure 7: Indigenous‑specific health check patients, by number of checks, 2016–17 to 2020–21 combined