Patterns over a 5-year period

Over a 5-year period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2020, about 533,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people received at least one Indigenous-specific health check. This is equivalent to over half (62%) of the Indigenous population at 30 June 2020, acknowledging that a small proportion of those patients may have either died or moved overseas during the 5-year period.

The 533,000 Indigenous-specific health check patients included around:

  • 216,000 people who received 1 health check during the 5 year period (equivalent to 25% of the Indigenous population)
  • 140,000 people who received 2 health checks (16%)
  • 93,200 people who received 3 health checks (11%)
  • 56,200 people who received 4 health checks (7%)
  • 28,400 people who received 5 or more health checks (3%) (Figure 6).

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 65% of the Indigenous female population compared with 59% of the Indigenous male population.

Figure 6: Indigenous-specific health check patients, by number of checks, 2015–16 to 2019–20 combined

Bar graph showing the number of Indigenous-specific health checks received by Indigenous Australians over the 5-year period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2020, by sex. About 62% of Indigenous Australians received at least one Indigenous-specific health check over the 5-year period. About 25% of Indigenous Australians received 1 Indigenous-specific health check during the 5 year period; 16% received 2 Indigenous-specific health checks; 11% received 3 Indigenous-specific health checks; 7% received 4 Indigenous-specific health checks and 3% received 5 or more Indigenous-specific health checks. Refer to table ‘HC08’ in data tables.

Over the 5-year period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2020, across states and territories, the proportion of the Indigenous population who received:

  • at least one Indigenous-specific health check was highest in the Northern Territory (equivalent to 76%), followed by Queensland (75%); the rate was lowest in Tasmania (31%).
  • 5 or more Indigenous-specific health checks was highest in Queensland (5.8%), and lowest in Tasmania (0.7%) (Figure 7).

Figure 7: Indigenous-specific health check patients, by state and territory, and number of checks, 2015–16 to 2019–20 combined

Map and bar graph showing the number and rate of Indigenous-specific health checks received over 5-year period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2020, by state and territory.

Over the 5-year period to 30 June 2020, across states and territories, the proportion of the Indigenous population receiving at least one Indigenous-specific health check was highest in the Northern Territory (76.5%), followed by Queensland (75.0%); the rate was lowest in Tasmania (30.7%). Refer to table ‘HC09’ in data tables.