Resources to support health checks for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Important update on getting health check recommendations into clinical software

NACCHO and the RACGP are now collaborating with clinical software vendors to support getting the health checks recommendations into practice.

Following testing of RTF templates of the health checks at pilot sites, interim solutions are currently being worked through with primary care clinical software vendors. It is planned that the new health checks are provided by the vendors so that health services don’t need to individually implement them into their software. Read our Executive Summary of the testing outcomes.

We are also collaborating with the CSIRO Smart Health Checks Project. Read the statement on the collaboration with CSIRO.

Health check templates

With support from the Department of Health, NACCHO and RACGP established a working group in 2019 to review and update Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander annual health check templates. Throughout 2021 we will be testing these templates for operability in a range of services. We invite feedback on the templates and suggestions at

A key recommendation was to update elements to better reflect age-appropriate health needs. This resulted in five new templates that span the life course:

  1. Infants and preschool (birth-5 years)  PDF 
  2. Primary school age (5-12 years) PDF 
  3. Adolescents and young people (12-24 years) PDF 
  4. Adults (25-49 years) PDF 
  5. Older people (50+ years) PDF 

These are example health check templates that include recommended core elements. The criteria for inclusion can be accessed here.

Adaptation of these templates to local needs and priorities is encouraged, with reference to current Australian preventive health guidelines that are culturally and clinically suitable to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander needs.

These templates are not intended to promote a tick box approach to healthcare, but rather to prompt clinicians to consider patient priorities, opportunities for preventive healthcare and common health needs.

As the Partnership Project continues, we are exploring opportunities for integration of health check activities into clinical software.

We are also interested to hear about your experiences of providing health checks via telehealth.

Contact to understand more or contribute your ideas and experiences.

Links to key resources that support a quality annual health check

NACCHO RACGP: How to do a useful high quality health check for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Telehealth – considerations for an effective Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health check

Videos, posters and brochures for clinicians and patients

Medicare online module health check

Department of Human Services – Education suite on health checks

Your guide to Medicare for Indigenous Health Services

MBS online – Descriptor and Associated notes

Department of Health information page