Indigenous health assessment—aged 15 and over (PI03)

This indicator is the proportion of Indigenous regular clients aged 15 and over who had an Indigenous health assessment completed within the previous 24 months.

It is collected for males and females in age groups:

  • 15–24
  • 25–34
  • 35–44
  • 45–54
  • 55–64
  • 65 and over.

Ages 0–14 are also collected for this indicator, with data presented under the Maternal and child health domain.

There have been changes to the specifications of this indicator over time. See Technical notes for more information.

Why health checks are important

Through Medicare, Indigenous Australians can receive Indigenous-specific health checks from their doctor, as well as referrals for Indigenous-specific follow-up services.

 

The aim of the Indigenous-specific health check is to encourage early detection and treatment of common conditions that cause ill health and early death—for example, diabetes and heart disease.

At June 2021, 52% of Indigenous regular clients aged 15 and over had an Indigenous health assessment completed within the previous 24 months.

This was highest in:

  • Queensland (62%)
  • Major cities (63%)
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) (56%).

Indigenous health assessment—aged 15 and over, by either state/territory, remoteness or organisation type, reporting period

Two Tableau visualisations are presented here. The first shows the percentage of Indigenous regular clients aged 15 and over who had an Indigenous health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the last 2 years for either:

  • state/territory (NSW/ACT, Vic, Qld, WA, SA, Tas, NT, Australia)
  • remoteness area (Major cities, Inner regional, Outer regional, Remote, Very remote, Australia)
  • organisation type (ACCHO, non-ACCHO, Total).

Reporting periods of either June 2017, December 2017, June 2018, December 2018, June 2019, December 2019, June 2020, December 2020, or June 2021 can be selected.

The second visualisation shows the selected information from the first visualisation by sex (male, female) and age group (15–24, 25–34, 35–44, 45–54, 55–64, 65+).

Data supporting this visualisation are available in Excel supplementary data tables at Archived content.