Chronic Disease Package











Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience a burden of disease two-and-a-half times that of other Australians. A large part of the burden of disease is due to chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and chronic kidney disease. This can be reduced by earlier identification and management of risk factors and the disease itself.

The Indigenous Chronic Disease Package aims to achieve this reduction by providing support to the health sector, and better access to health care by Indigenous Australians.

While great work is being done by many dedicated people around Australia, more is needed to reduce the burden of chronic disease on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Indigenous Practice Incentive Payment (PIP)

The Indigenous PIP payment was introduced on 1 May 2010. General practices need to undertake cultural awareness training to register to be an Indigenous PIP provider. The Indigenous PIP has three components for general practices;

  1. A sign-on payment.
  2. A payment linked to registration of each eligible patient.
  3. An outcomes payment associated with the cycle of care provided to the patient by the practice.

Indigenous Health Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) co-payment

The Indigenous Health PBS co-payment was introduced in 2010. The cost of medicines has been identified as a significant barrier for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Medicine is an important aspect of preeventing and treating illnesses. Further assistance in the form of lower PBS mediince co-payments are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with, or at risk of chronic disease.

Useful Links

Commonwealth Indigenous Chronic Disease Package

Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Website To view the National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap click on the following link: NPA on Closing the Gap..

For more information on Close the Gap targets anad performance, read the Prime Minister's 2016 Closing the Gap Report.

CTG 2016 Report

Indigenous Health Consultants 

Gail Harradine     Wimmera Grampians     Ph. 4310 5102
Belinda Payne  Great South Coast Ph. 5564 5825
Bonnie Chew  Ballarat Goldfields Ph. 5304 5619
Janice Lane until permanent appointment made Geelong Otway Ph. 5222 0800