Improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a national priority.
The Australian Government has a number of initiatives designed to give better access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to health services. In short, these services are essential to improving health and life expectancy, and to reducing child mortality.
To clarify, Closing the Gap is a commitment by all Australian governments to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In summary, it aims to close the gap of Indigenous disadvantage in areas such as health, housing, education and employment.
Closing the Gap has focused on areas including better access to Medicare and medicines, extra free immunisations, and coordinated care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic conditions. Furthermore, there is a program to reduce the high rate of smoking among Indigenous people.
In addition, the Indigenous Australians’ Health Program provides primary health care, child and maternal health, support for people with chronic diseases and other targeted health activities. For more information, visit the Australian Government Department of Health.
Services our doctors provide in addition to Closing the Gap programme include:
- General Medical Care
- Childhood and Adult Immunisations
- Management of Pregnancy and Post pregnancy care
- Contraception and Sexual Health
- Management of Chronic Diseases
- Annual Health Assessment for all persons at any age.
- Referrals to Allied Health
For more information about Closing the Gap or any of our Indigenous health service, please contact us.