Medicare services for Indigenous Australians

Medicare helps with the cost of health care and medicine. Use our phone line and special form to get Medicare services.

Get a Medicare card or change your details

To enrol or change your details, you can use the:

If you have a baby, enrol them with Medicare as soon as you can. We’ll add them to the Australian Immunisation Register. You can also add your baby to your family Medicare Safety Net.

Identify on our records

You can choose to tell us you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian, or both. Telling us can help shape future plans and policies.

Don’t be shy. Identify.

How health checks can help you

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have a higher risk of chronic diseases. A regular health check may help you get the treatment you need earlier.

Your health check may include:

  • questions about your health
  • a medical examination
  • any medical tests you need, and
  • a health plan for you

Ask your doctor or nurse for more information about your health check.

Closing the Gap for PBS

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians can get help to buy medicines if they:

  • have a chronic disease, or
  • are at risk of a chronic disease

The Closing the Gap PBS Co-payment helps you get most prescription medicines:

Your doctor can register you for this.

Services we offer to you

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access line

You can call 1800 556 955 to find out what health care services you can get.

Our staff are culturally trained and aware of your health care needs.

Medicare Liaison Officers

Are culturally trained and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and health care staff to:

  • increase the number of people who enrol in Medicare
  • make sure correct Medicare benefits are claimed
  • visit, train and provide support to health services
  • promote the benefits of health care

Other government and community support services

Use Service Finder to find a range of other support services and useful information in your local area.

The Department of Health has information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health activities.

Australia.gov.au connects you to a wide range of government information and services.

Indigenous.gov.au has information about government Indigenous programs. This includes children and schooling, and safety and wellbeing programs.

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Read the Indigenous section on the MoneySmart website.

Page last updated: 3 October 2018