The Australian Government has implemented a range of health measures specifically tailored to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
The life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians born between 2010 and 2012 is 10-11 years lower than for other Australians, with levels of disease roughly 3 times that of non‑Indigenous Australians.
We administer a number of these programs, such as health assessments (55 years and over) and the adult health check.
Within each state and the Northern Territory, we have a network of Medicare Liaison Officers with a diverse range of culturally appropriate skills and expertise. These officers work closely with Indigenous communities, Aboriginal Medical Services and other health service providers nationally.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Line
We have a free-call telephone service to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customers and health workers. The Access Line is supported by specialised staff who are culturally aware of the special conditions that may affect Indigenous Australians.
Voluntary Indigenous Identifier
We promote voluntary identification within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is completely voluntary and has been incorporated into Medicare forms.
The information captured will be used to assess the effectiveness of current and new initiatives and programs to improve Indigenous Australians' access to health programs, by directing services and funding to the locations that require them the most.
All data we collect is held securely and protected by privacy rules. When information is grouped for statistics or reports, it contains no names or identifying facts.
For more information, please call the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Line.
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