Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander on Pathology Forms

ACT Health commissioned this feasibility study into increasing the completeness of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identifier in ACT Government Registries.

ACT Health maintains three main health registers Cancer, Cervical Cancer and Communicable Diseases registers. These registers have the facility to record Indigenous status of patients.


ACT Health commissioned Acumen Alliance to assess the feasibility of increasing the identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the ACT disease and cancer registries by including an Indigenous identifier on the ACT Pathology's pathology request form.

This feasibility study also assessed which aspects of a possible ACT implementation could be generalised to a national implementation.