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715 General Practice Support

Support and mentoring for general practices to increase the uptake of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Checks (MBS Item 715)

Are you seeking to improve the capacity of your general practice to provide culturally safe care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients?

Sonder’s 715 General Practice Support program offers cultural support and mentoring to general practices to promote increased uptake of the MBS Item 715 Health Check.

As part of the program, an Aboriginal Health Practitioner will be based at your general practice for up to 2 days per week. Working closely with your staff, the Aboriginal Health Practitioner will support patients from all age groups at your practice to complete their Aboriginal Health Checks.

What are the benefits?

  • Become a general practice of choice for Aboriginal patients

    Increase the number of Aboriginal patients at your practice

  • Improved engagement with Aboriginal patients

    Increase the uptake of MBS Item 715 with patients of all age groups, from babies to elders

  • Increased Medicare billings

    Improved engagement leads to an increase in Aboriginal-specific follow-ups

  • Recall patients

    Our team will re-engage with your patients who are due for their Aboriginal Health Check

  • Encourage culturally safe, holistic care

    Our Aboriginal Health Practitioners will work with practice staff to ensure culturally safe services are delivered

  • No cost

    715 General Practice Support is provided at no cost to general practices

Is my practice eligible?

To be eligible for this program, your general practice must:

  • Be PIP IHI registered;
  • Be located in the local government areas of Onkaparinga, Playford, Port Adelaide or Salisbury;
  • Have a number of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients and be willing to share specific data to support the program;
  • Be willing to provide induction to the practice and relevant training on software to the Aboriginal Health Practitioner;
  • Be able to host the Sonder staff member and;
  • Support practice staff to undertake Cultural Awareness or Safety Training.

Who are the staff?

Our 715 General Practice Support staff are Aboriginal Health Practitioners and Aboriginal Clinical Health Workers.

Our team have vast experience in supporting and facilitating Aboriginal Health Checks in a culturally appropriate manner.

 

How do I access the service?

To register your interest in the program, please complete an Expression of Interest form via the link below or contact our 715 General Practice Support Team Leader on 0499 419 279

Register here

Interested in the 715 General Practice Support program?

To register your interest, please complete an Expression of Interest form

or contact our 715 General Practice Support Team Leader on 0499 419 279

Register your interest

Frequently Asked Questions

Our services for Aboriginal people

In addition to supporting general practices to provide better care to Aboriginal patients, Sonder offers a range of other culturally appropriate services.

  • Aboriginal people looking to make lifestyle changes can do so through PACE, Sonder’s 8-week nutrition and exercise program.
  • Aboriginal people with chronic conditions can access support to navigate the healthcare system and better manage their condition through our Closing the Gap – Integrated Team Care program.
  • Aboriginal Peer Workers in Sonder’s mental health services help clients to make steps towards improving their emotional wellbeing.
715 General Practice Support is a program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.