We acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which we practice, the Melukerdee People (Huon Valley) and Nuenone People (Bruny Island) of the South East Nation and pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.

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We are taking action on reconciliation by encouraging our Aboriginal and Torres Strait patients to identify in order to open a conversation about their needs and how we can meet them. We are at the Reflect stage of our action plan and aim to provide a culturally safe place and foster respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Why should I identify?

It’s important to tell the GP if you are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander so that they can make sure you get access to what you might need. Medicare can help record this for you.

Call the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access line on 1800 556 955. Staff are culturally trained to help you.

Free health check

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can get a free health check at Huon Medical Group. The 715 health check can help you better understand your health and help you access follow up services to improve your health and wellbeing.

What’s involved?

Health checks might be different depending on your age. Checks are available from birth onwards.

Having the health check should take between 40-60 minutes. A health practitioner might check your:

🔴blood pressure

🟡blood sugar levels

⚫️height and weight

You might also a have blood test and urine test.

It’s also good to tell them about your family medical history or any worries you have about your health.

You may be offered immunisations that are specially for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Follow up services

Once you finish the check, the Practice Nurse or GP might tell you about other ways to help look after your health. They might suggest services to help you with your:

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🟡vision

⚫️hearing

🔴movement

🟡mental health

Services include Medicare funded allied health visits (out of pocket costs may apply).

You may also get help with free or discounted medicines you might need. Your GP can give you information about Closing the Gap scripts.

It’s important to have a health check every year, even when you feel well, to stay healthy and strong.

For information about how a 715 health check can benefit your health visit www.health.gov.au/715-health-check or search #715healthcheck on social media.