The 45 to 49 (inclusive) years old health check is part of the Australian Better Health Initiative (ABHI) announced by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in February 2006. This health check is Bulk Billed so there are no out of pocket expenses. The health check assists with the detection and prevention of chronic disease and enables early intervention strategies.
A chronic disease or condition is one that has been, or is likely to be present for at least six months, including (but not limited to) asthma, cancer, cardiovascular illness, diabetes mellitus, a mental health condition, arthritis or a musculoskeletal condition.
What does a Health Check Involve?
A health check in your mid to late 40s can assist you in making the necessary lifestyle changes to prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease.
The health check involves bulk billed blood tests and ECG 1 week prior to your appointment. The assessment then involves the nurse taking your history, noting your current health issues and risk factors as well as looking at your family history of chronic disease. Information and advice, including strategies to achieve lifestyle and behavioural changes will also be provided. Records will be kept and a written report about the health check can be provided to you.
The health check will look at:
- Lifestyle risk factors such as smoking, physical inactivity, poor nutrition or alcohol misuse;
- Biomedical risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, impaired glucose metabolism or excess weight;
- Family history of a chronic disease.
Also other examinations or investigations considered necessary by the GP or Nurse.
After the Health Check
Once the heath assessment has been completed, you will need to see the GP to follow up from the assessment, this GP appointment will usually be straight after you have seen the nurse for the assessment. The GP or Nurse will provide information and advice on the strategies you can use to achieve lifestyle and behavioural changes.
By checking your lifestyle for health risks, you receive personalised advice on how to reduce your risk of illness by making some healthy changes. You will receive practical advice to help you improve your health, and we can put you in touch with expert advice, information and support.