The Closing the Gap (CTG) Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Co-payment Measure improves access to PBS medicines for eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who are living with, or at risk of, chronic disease. For more information visit the Department of Health & Human Services website.
Call PBS Co-payment Measure Hotline (02) 6289 2409 between 9am – 5pm EST, Monday to Friday (call charges apply).
The PIP Indigenous Health Incentive aims to support general practices and Indigenous health services to provide better health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, including best practice management of chronic disease. To be eligible, general practices must be accredited, or registered for accreditation, and participating in the Practice Incentive Program.
PIP IHI Hotline: 1800 222 032 (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can phone this hotline to identify general practices or health services that are registered for the PIP IHI).
The Ear and Eye Surgical Program, provided by the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria, is designed to increase access to surgery for Indigenous Australians with diagnosed ear and eye conditions living in rural and remote locations- including Gippsland.
The Black Pages website (see link below) offers health providers a reference point for Aboriginal-specific services in Gippsland, and enable appropriate referrals. It is hoped the Gippsland Black Pages Aboriginal Service Directory will be widely used and shared between all service providers to assist with targeted and culturally-sensitive care.