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Closing The Gap

Glebe Hill Family Practice and GHFP Nurture are dedicated to playing a part in Closing The Gap (CTG) by improving access to health care for Indigenous Australians.

We will ask all patients: "are you of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?".

To register for the Closing The Gap scheme at Glebe Hill Family Practice or GHFP Nurture, you will need to sign a form stating that you want us to be your usual care provider, and to look after your chronic disease and/or chronic disease risk factor. We will need you to sign a new form every year, and you can do this from the 1st November to cover you for the following year.

Discounted or Bulk-Billed Consultations

Patients registered at GHFP or Nurture under the Closing The Gap scheme of any age will usually receive discounted consultations.

Patients registered at GHFP or Nurture under the Closing The Gap scheme who have a current Concession Card will usually be bulk-billed.

Please see our Fees page for further information.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Checks (medicare item 715)

Closing The Gap patients will be offered a bulk-billed annual Health Assessment (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Check) with a Practice Nurse and their GP, every 9 to 12 months.

Each Health Assessment is tailored to the individual, taking into consideration age, gender, family history, risk factors, lifestyle, and existing medical conditions. A Health Assessment takes about one hour.

The Health Assessment is an excellent opportunity for us to provide a thorough check up including:

  • taking a comprehensive history
  • a thorough medical examination
  • arranging important medical tests (such as blood tests, medical imaging, ECG, spirometry, and more).
  • arranging appropriate referrals for medicare-funded multidisciplinary health care (eg. Physiotherapy, Dietitian, Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Psychology, or Diabetes Education)

PBS Co-Payment Measure

Registering with your practice under the CTG scheme also improves access to PBS medications for those living with, or at risk of chronic disease. Presciptions printed for Closing The Gap patients will display a CTG PBS Co-Payment code. The PBS Co-Payment Measure reduces the cost of PBS medications at the Pharmacy. Closing the Gap prescriptions attract a lower co-payment for PBS medicines. Concession Card Holders will be dispensed their PBS medications for FREE at the Pharmacy.