Improving the Identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Mainstream General PracticeM. Kelaher, A. Parry, S. Day, Y. Paradies, J. Lawlor & L.Solomon 2010
Better identification of Indigenous patients in general practices would improve their access to Medicare benefits such as health checks that could help ‘Close the Gap’, yet many GPs don’t consider ethnicity to be relevant to quality of care. This study reviewed the effectiveness of strategies that aim to improve the identification of Indigenous people.
National data and research evidence indicate that less than one third of general practices routinely collect information on the Indigenous status of patients. Improved identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients would support new ‘Closing the Gap’ initiatives to extend the delivery of routine health checks and chronic disease management services.