MBS health assessment aged 0–4 (PI03)

This indicator is the proportion of Indigenous regular clients aged 0–4 for whom a MBS health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (MBS item 715) was claimed within the previous 12 months.

Why health checks are important

Through Medicare (MBS item 715), Indigenous Australians can receive Indigenous-specific health checks from their doctor, as well as referrals for Indigenous-specific follow-up services. The Indigenous-specific health checks were introduced in recognition that Indigenous Australians, as a group, experience some particular health risks. 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.

At June 2020, 34% of Indigenous regular clients aged 0–4 had a MBS health assessment (MBS item 715) in the previous 12 months.

MBS health assessment (item 715)—aged 0–4, by reporting period

This Tableau visualisation shows the percentage of Indigenous child regular clients aged 0–4 who had a MBS health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (MBS item 715) in the previous 12 months by reporting period (June 2017, December 2017, June 2018, December 2018, June 2019, December 2019, June 2020).

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

This was highest in:

  • Queensland (39%)
  • Major cities (37%)
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) (37%).

It was lowest in:

  • South Australia (28%)
  • Remote areas (31%)
  • organisations other than Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (non-ACCHOs) (21%).

MBS health assessment (item 715)—aged 0–4, by either state/territory, remoteness or organisation type, reporting period

This Tableau visualisation shows the percentage of Indigenous child regular clients aged 0–4 who had a MBS health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (MBS item 715) in the previous 12 months 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, or June 2020 can be selected.

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