Through Medicare, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (First Nations) people can receive annual health checks from their doctor, as well as follow‑up services from other health professionals, that are specifically for First Nations people. We will refer to these as First Nations health checks and First Nations follow-ups in this report.
- In 2021–22, 209,000 First Nations people had one of these health checks (24% of the estimated population).
- The proportion of patients who had a First Nations follow‑up service within 12 months of their health check increased from 18% to 46% between 2011–12 and 2020–21.
- Cat. no: IHW 209
In 2021–22, 24% of First Nations people had an annual health check – down from 29% in 2018–19
560,000 First Nations people received at least one health check in the 5-year period to 30 June 2022
46% of First Nations people who had a health check in 2020–21 had a First Nations follow-up within 12 months
In 2021–22, males aged 15–24 had the lowest uptake of First Nations health checks of any age and sex, at 15%