Indigenous health check

Ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receive primary health care matched to their needs

The 715 Health Check aims to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receive primary health care matched to their needs, by encouraging early detection, diagnosis and intervention for common and treatable conditions that cause morbidity and early mortality.

The requirements for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Health Assessment MBS item 715 vary depending on the age of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.

Health assessment components include an assessment of the patient’s physical, psychological and social wellbeing. It also assesses what preventive health care, education and other assistance should be offered to the patient to improve their health and wellbeing.

This health assessment must include:

  • Information collection: patient history and undertaking examinations and investigations as required;
  • Overall assessment of the patient;
  • Recommending appropriate interventions;
  • Providing advice and information to the patient;
  • Recording the health assessment; and
  • Offering the patient a written report with recommendations about matters covered by the health assessment.

For further information refer to Medicare Benefits Scheme – item 715 on the Department of Health website.