Improving Indigenous Health & Wellbeing
While all services are accessible by all members of our Community, Budja Budja has an additional responsibility, under the Federal and State Government ‘Closing the Gap’ program, to deliver Culturally Appropriate and Accessible services to Indigenous Members to improve their general health and wellbeing outcomes.
Budja Budja offers a range of free or at a reduced or subsidised cost for our Indigenous Members, including:
- Medicare Services – for all bulk-billed services – including all Doctor Consultations and generally all pathology and x-rays;
- Health Checks (available and recommended every 9 months)
- Chronic Disease Care Plans
- Healthy Kids Check
- Aboriginal Health Worker Health Checks (up to a maximum of 10 checks per patient each year)
- Regular Dental Check-up Service, with follow-up services in Ararat
- Hearing Tests – 2-3 times a year
- Optometrist Services (3 times a year) – eye checks, plus prescription eyesight glasses at a maximum of $10 a pair, but usually free
- Medications – free prescriptions for Chronic Conditions if you have a Concession Card or Pension Card
- Webster Medication Packs and home delivery service for medications for Stawell and Ararat members
- Annual Medication reviews by a Pharmacist in the clinic
- Supply of personal testing and monitoring equipment for Diabetes, Blood Pressure and Asthma Control;
- Limited Clinical Transport services
Health Assessments & Kids Checks
Health Assessments are available to our Indigenous Community every 9 months. Kids Checks are also provided. Both of these are fully Medicare Bulk Billed and, therefore, free-of-charge.
For a limited time, Budja Budja currently offers a $25 voucher to all Indigenous patients once the Health Assessment has been completed by our Doctor.
Health Assessments are designed to detect early signs of changes in your health for prevention or early intervention for many health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease and general men’s and women’s health issues.
The assessment will be undertaken in our Clinic and can take about an hour and involve our Doctor and nurse. The assessment may take part of a follow-up to an in-home or other visit by our Aboriginal Health Workers.
During the health assessment you will be asked a number of questions regarding your health, family history and any concerns you may have about your health. At your appointment, you will also have your blood pressure taken, as well as height and weight recorded and glucose and urine sample tested.
If you have any questions, please contact our Practice Nurse for more information. Ring our Medical Receptionist to book an appointment now.
Indigenous Chronic Care Registered Nurse –
Home Visits Trial Program 2014
From early 2014 Budja Budja will be trialling an outreach, home visits service by our Indigenous Health Workers to our eligible members and families.
This outreach service involves Healthy Kids Check and initial part of our Health Assessment process by our Registered Nurses, with a subsequent follow up Clinical Appointment with our Doctor.
There are no home visits available by our Doctor.