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Practice incentives program (PIP) - Indigenous health incentive
The Practice incentives program (PIP) - Indigenous health incentive aims to support general practices and Indigenous health services to provide better healthcare for Indigenous Australian patients including best practice management of chronic disease.
The incentive has three components:
1. sign on payment
- a one-off payment to practices that agree to undertake specified activities that improve the provision of care to Indigenous patients with a chronic disease
2. patient registration payment
- a payment to practices for each Indigenous patient over the age of 15 who is registered for chronic disease management
3. outcomes payment
- a payment to practices for:
- each registered patient who receives a target level of care in a calendar year
- providing the majority of care for a registered patient within a calendar year.
The PIP is a key component of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) national partnership agreement Closing the Gap: Tackling Indigenous chronic disease.
Abstract adapted from the Australian Government Department of Human Services
Closing the Gap Indigenous chronic disease package
Australian Government Department of Health
GPO Box 9848
Woden ACT 2601
Ph: 1800 222 032
Closing the gap: tackling chronic disease: the Australian Government's Indigenous chronic disease package (2010)
Closing the Gap – Tackling Indigenous Chronic Disease
This pamphlet outlines the Australian Government's commitment to closing the gap in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by preventing and treating chronic disease. The package will tackle chronic disease through:
- health promotion and prevention of ill health, in particular healthy lifestyle programs improved financial support for the Aboriginal community-controlled
- health sector in the delivery of primary health care addressing barriers to access to follow-up services, such as allied health and the Pharmaceutical
- Benefits Scheme growing the numbers and skills of Indigenous health workers
The pamphlet also presents the breakdown of funding totalling $805.5m over four years (starting in 2009-10 and ending in 2012-13).
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract
Department of Human Services (2013)
Practice Incentives Program: Indigenous health incentive guidelines - August 2013.
Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing