This section looks at how the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who receive at least one Indigenous‑specific health check in a year has changed over time.
Between 2010–11 and 2018–19, the proportion of Indigenous Australians who had an Indigenous‑specific health check grew each year – from 9.9% in 2010–11 to 28.8% in 2018–19 (71,000 patients in 2010–11 and 241,000 in 2018–19). In 2019–20, that proportion dropped for the first time, with only 28.0% of Indigenous Australians receiving a health check (239,000 patients). The proportion dropped further in 2020–21, reaching only 27.2% of the projected Indigenous population (237,000 out of 871,000 people) (Figure 3).
Figure 3: Rate of Indigenous‑specific health checks by sex, 2010–11 to 2020–21