To prevent or overcome various illnesses, early detection is crucial. Regular health checks can help identify conditions that may affect your life and minimise negative effects, ensuring long-term optimal health.
Over 75 Health Assessment
Individuals aged 75 years and above (or 55 years and above for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders) are eligible for a yearly free health assessment. This assessment lasts approximately 45 minutes and considers all areas of physical health and wellbeing, including diet, exercise, mobility, mental health, and relationships. Living arrangements are also discussed to determine the services available for additional help within the home. The assessment provides a structured approach to identify potentially preventable health issues and conditions that can be intervened to improve health and quality of life.
45-to-49 Health Assessment
For individuals aged 45 to 49, a health assessment is available to address the needs of those at risk of chronic diseases. The objective is to detect and prevent potential chronic diseases, implementing early intervention strategies to maintain optimal health.
The Diabetic Risk Assessment
The Diabetic Risk Assessment targets individuals between 40 and 49 years old who are at a high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. The Australian type 2 diabetes assessment tool (AUSDRISK) is used to evaluate the risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next 5 years. A high result (>12) qualifies you for a diabetes risk evaluation with your doctor, further testing, and management. You may also assess your eligibility for a subsidised Lifestyle Modification Program.
Osteoporosis Health Check
A health assessment for osteoporosis is recommended, as this condition affects a significant proportion of the elderly population, with 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men over the age of sixty being affected. Various medical conditions such as chronic liver or kidney disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, early menopause in women, or low testosterone levels in men, Coeliac Disease etc., as well as poor lifestyle choices like smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, lack of calcium in the diet, and a sedentary lifestyle can increase the risk of developing osteoporosis. Notably, osteoporosis may not show any symptoms until a bone fracture occurs, making it crucial to monitor your bone health. To determine your risk of developing osteoporosis, it is advisable to speak with your doctor or practice nurse.