About the initiative

The Practice Incentives Program – Indigenous Health Incentive (PIP IHI) encourages health services to meet the health care needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a chronic disease. Health services include general practices, Aboriginal Medical Services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.

Why it is important

Chronic disease is responsible for 70% of the health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians. The PIP IHI seeks to address this gap with better chronic disease management for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Goals

The PIP IHI’s goals are to:

  • improve the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • encourage practices to prevent, identify and manage chronic disease.

Meeting our goals

The PIP IHI meets its goals by providing incentive payments to health services. The incentives help services to deliver high quality, comprehensive primary health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with a chronic disease.

Who we work with

The PIP IHI is one of several incentives administered by Services Australia on our behalf. Read more about these incentives.

Consultation and review

We consulted stakeholders in 2018 and 2019 to identify ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the PIP IHI. The consultation process included:

  • a series of forums involving 68 stakeholders
  • 26 written submissions from peak bodies and other health service providers.

Following the review, the Australian Government announced changes to the PIP IHI as part of the 2021–22 Budget. These changes are designed to improve continuity of care and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a chronic disease. They will also streamline administrative requirements for practices.

Practice Incentives Program – Indigenous Health Incentive guidelines

The Practice Incentives Program – Indigenous Health Incentive guidelines have been updated. Under the updated guidelines, practices can no longer register patients for the Closing the Gap Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Co-payment program through PIP IHI. 

Registering for Closing the Gap co-payment

From 1 July 2021, practices can no longer register patients for the Closing the Gap (CTG) Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (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. 

Services Australia has more information on the CTG PBS co-payment

Learn more

Our printable fact sheet has more details about the changes to the PIP IHI.

Changes to the Practice Incentives Program – Indigenous Health Incentive

This fact sheet contains details of changes to the Practice Incentives Program – Indigenous Health Incentive (PIP-IHI) that will apply from 1 January 2023.

Contact

Services Australia Practice Incentives Program contact

Contact Services Australia for information on incentives available through the Practice Incentives Program.

pip [at] servicesaustralia.gov.au

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Last updated: 
7 September 2021