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), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can receive Indigenous-specific health checks from their doctor, as well as referrals for Indigenous-specific follow-up services (AIHW 2019).

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 2019, 38% 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 and June 2019).

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

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This was highest in:

  • Queensland (43%)
  • Inner regional areas (43%).

It was lowest in:

  • Western Australia (33%)
  • Very remote areas (31%).

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

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

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

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Reference

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2019. Indigenous health checks and follow-ups. Cat. no. IHW 209. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 16 March 2020.