Didja Know? Indigenous Health Checks

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If you are Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander, you can have an Indigenous health check and receive cheaper medicines. Your children and family can have a health check too.

You can also watch this video in Arrernte, Kriol and Yolngu.

Questions and Answers

What is involved in an Indigenous health check?

  • The doctor will ask you questions about your health.
  • The doctor will check your blood pressure, blood sugar, and your heart, eyes and ears.
  • You can ask the doctor any questions you have about your health.
  • The doctor will tell you how to stay healthy and strong.
  • The doctor will help you get any follow up treatment you need. You might get a referral to a specialist, some more tests, or some new medicine.
  • Your health record notes will be updated so the doctors and nurses can see your health record.
  • You can take your carer or support person to the appointment with you. The doctor can help them understand ways to keep you health too.

When should you have your Indigenous health check?

Make an appointment to see a doctor at any time and get a health check once every year. You do not have to be unwell to have an Indigenous health check. 

How and where can you receive an Indigenous health check?

All doctors can give you a health check. You can make an appointment at your local GP clinic, Aboriginal Medical Service or community clinic.

What do you need to bring along to your health check?

Take your Medicare card. If you do not have one or you have lost it, you will need to apply for one from a Medicare office (at Centrelink) before your appointment. 

If you have a Pensioner Concession card or a Health Care Card, you should also bring those along. If you have a concession card, you will get most of your medicines for free. If you do not have a concession card, you may still get your medicines cheaper when you have your Indigenous Health Check.

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