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Date posted: 20 August 2014
Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are missing out on health checks for which they are eligible, even though the number of health checks is rising, according to new data released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The data, released through the AIHW's on-line Indigenous health check data tool, shows the total number of Indigenous health checks rose from about 71,400 to over 122,000 between 2010-11 and 2012-13.
'Although usage rates increased, over 82% of Indigenous Australians (over 576,000 people) did not have a health check in 2012-13,' said AIHW spokesperson Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman. 'All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are eligible for an annual Indigenous-specific health check designed to address the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.'
The health check, which is rebated by Medicare, aims to increase preventative health opportunities, detect chronic disease risk factors, better manage existing chronic disease and reduce inequities in access to primary care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare