Preventative Care

Health assessment for people aged 75 years and older:

This is an annual in-depth assessment of a patient aged 75 years and over. The aim is to identify health issues and conditions that are potentially preventable or amenable to treatment in order to improve health and/or quality of life.

This comprehensive assessment (about 1 hour duration) involves seeing our practice nurse followed by your doctor. There will be numerous questions to assess various aspects of your health and well-being as well as a thorough physical examination. The health assessment gives your Doctor an insight into any potential issues and provides your doctor an opportunity to initiate interventions to prevent them turning into major problems.

Healthy kids check:

This is a health check for kids around 4 years old and usually takes place at or around the same time as the four year old immunisation. The aim of this basic health check is to see if they are healthy, fit and ready to learn when they start school.

This health check requires information to be collected on family and environmental factors, medical and social history, and lifestyle risk factors.

Where necessary, referrals will be provided and arrangements made to follow-up any problems identified.

45-49 year old health check:

This health check is for all those aged between 45 and 49 who may be at risk of developing a health complaint, like diabetes or heart problems.

The purpose of this health check is to help find, prevent or lessen the effect of disease, in particular aiming to avoid disease rather than have to treat it. This health check includes reviewing your lifestyle and medical and family history to find out if you are at risk for any health problems.

If you are currently within the age of 45 and 49 and have any of the following risk factors below then you could be at risk and are therefore entitled to this health check.

Risk factors may include:

  1. High blood pressure
  2. Lack of physical activity
  3. Extra weight
  4. Unbalanced diet
  5. High cholesterol
  6. Family history of disease (eg. cancer, glaucoma, heart disease, depression or diabetes)
  7. Smoking
  8. High stress levels
  9. Sun Exposure

When booking your appointment, please inform reception staff that it is for a 45-49 health check so an appropriate amount of time can be allocated.

Diabetes risk health check:

This health check is for those aged between 40 to 49 inclusive and whose score places them in the high risk range when assessed with the Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool.

You will be seen by the nurse initially and then an appointment is made within 1-2 weeks for follow-up by the doctor.

The doctor will review your risk factors and initiate interventions including referral to a lifestyle modification program as well as make follow-up arrangements of any risk factors found.

Risk factors may include:

  • lifestyle risk factors, such as smoking, physical inactivity and poor nutrition;
  • biomedical risk factors, such as high blood pressure, being overweight and having impaired fasting glucose or impaired glucose tolerance; and
  • a family history of a chronic disease, in particular diabetes.