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Aboriginal Health
The Division no longer has responsibility for the Closing the Gap program

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the Traditional Owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Indigenous PIP & PBS Co-Payment
Configuring Medical Director for ‘Closing the Gap’ Co-payment Measures (including Script Annotation) - The PBS Close the Gap co-payment measure has been developed to provide assistance to eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients to improve access to PBS medicines through co-payment relief. 
What to do in Medical Director
  • Make sure that the patient’s ATSI status is recorded in patient software
  • Indicate whether your practice participates in the CTG PBS Co-payment measure via Tools > Options > Practice tab
  • Indicate whether a patient is registered for the CTG Co-payment relief from within the patient’s record via Patient >Details
Once this is done the CTG status will be shown on the patient’s main screen next to ATSI and eligibility will be printed on the PBS prescriptions.  

PBS Co-payment Measure
  • The PBS Co-Payment measure enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have, or are at risk of, a chronic disease to access medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) at reduced or no cost.
  • To access these medicines at low or no cost, patients need to register with a medical practice that is registered for the Practice Incentive Payment (PIP) Indigenous Health Incentive.
  • Scripts need to be annotated by the medical practitioner as CTG.

    Closing the Gap - PBS co-payment explanatory notes (Link to Medicare website)
    Contact: PBS Co Payment Hotline: 02 6289 2409
Hospital Liaison
Austin Health
  • AHLO Contact details:Phone 9496 5638, pager 1864 Contact Hours 8am-5pm Monday—Friday
    Click here for brochure on Austin Health: Caring for Aboriginal People
  • Ngarra Jarra program: Improving Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Patients (ICAP). Click here to visit the Ngarra Jarra page of the Austin's website. 
Resources & Links 

This website celebrates the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is a gateway to Australian Government information on Closing the Gap.

  • Victorian Aboriginal Health Service - VAHS provides a comprehensive range of medical, dental and social services for Victoria's Aboriginal community. 
  • ATSI Health Services Directory - Contains information for Indigenous and mainstream providers when referring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients to culturally relevant services.  This is a state wide service maintained by NDGP. 

  • How's Your Sugar - a website for Koories living with diabetes. 

  • Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service - providing legal aid and assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.