Resources and useful links

Closing the Gap Chronic Disease Package - Components of
the Program

The Australian Government's Closing the Gap Chronic Disease Program consists of the following:

  • Identification and recording Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Island status
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Assessment Check (MBS Item 715)
  • Follow-up Allied Health Services
  • Indigenous Practice Incentive Program (PIP)
  • PBS Co Payment Measure
  • Follow-up services provided by Practice Nurse or registered Aboriginal Health Worker
  • Chronic Disease Management Items (GPMP/TCA)
Follow-Up Allied Health Services (Items 81300-81360)

Available to any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patient who has received a health check, and the need for allied health services was identified. Maximum 5 services per year.


  • Aboriginal Health Worker
  • Diabetes Education
  • Audiology
  • Podiatry
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Chiropractic
  • Dietetics
  • Osteopathy
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Psychology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Pathology
  • Physiotherapy

Referral to Allied Health for Follow Up Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Factsheet
Follow-up Allied Health Services for People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Descent (MBS Items 81300-81360) Fact Sheet

Referral to Allied Health Template
Indigenous follow up referral form

Cultural Awareness Training


There are several resources available to assist organisations such as General Practices to assess whether their service is culturally safe. Below are resources to assist with developing a culturally safe service interested GPs and Practices.



CESPHN also facilitates regular Cultural Awareness Training CPD events for General Practitioners, Practice Nurses, Practice Staff and Allied Health Providers. Please view our events page for a list of upcoming training sessions. These events are free of charge for financial members. For more information on how to become a member see our membership page here