Capital Health Network

Capital Health Network

CHN’s Indigenous Health Team provides in-practice support and education for primary care providers to assist with the delivery of culturally appropriate services. The sessions are tailored to the needs of each practice and cover topics such as identification of First Nations patients, MBS items and other government health incentives specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and available referral options. The team also work with practices to identify barriers for First Nations people in accessing health services and assist the practices with looking at ways to address these barriers.

This includes a range of topics:

  • MBS items specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients
  • PBS Co-Payment Measure (CTG scripts)
  • PIP Indigenous Health Incentive
  • Information exchange on available referral options for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients
  • Identifying barriers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in accessing health services and working with practices to address these barriers.

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Update – Closing the Gap Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Co-payment Program

Changes to the Closing the Gap Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Co-payment Program were announced on 12 June 2020, as part of the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement.

Services Australia has more information on the CTG PBS co-payment.   Some of the changes being implemented from 1 July 2021 are:

  • Practices can no longer register patients for the Closing the Gap (CTG) PBS Co-payment program through PIP IHI.  PBS prescribers can now register eligible patients online through Health Professional Online Services. The patient’s location or chronic disease status does not matter.
  • PBS prescribers will no longer be legally required to write or electronically print ‘CTG’ on eligible PBS prescriptions for registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. However, annotation of a PBS script will help Community Pharmacies and Section 94 Approved Private Hospital pharmacists know that the patient is registered for the program, when dispensing the medicines.
  • General Schedule PBS prescriptions issued by PBS prescribers within public hospitals will now be eligible for the Program, provided they are dispensed by a community pharmacy or Section 94 Approved Private Hospital pharmacy.
  • Important Update – 15 July 2021 – The Department of Health, together with Services Australia, has implemented a grace period from 12 July 2021 to 30 September 2021. The grace period will prevent CTG annotated prescriptions being rejected at the time of dispensing if the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person is not formally registered in the new centralised database.

Need help?

If you would like more information or assistance with any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health initiatives, please contact CHN’s Indigenous Health Team via email: s.storen@chnact.org.au