Healthy Kids Check
The healthy kids check is a free assessment of a child's physical health, general-well being and development prior to commencing school with the purpose of implementing early interventions as appropriate.
The assessment is conducted by a Practice Nurse and takes approximately thirty minutes to complete. Children between the ages of three and a half to five who are up-to-date with their immunisations are eligible for one free healthy kids assessment. It incorporates the following elements:
- Height, weight and body mass index
- oral health
- fine and gross motor skills
- appetite and activity levels
Annual Aboriginal Health Assessment
The annual Aboriginal health assessment is conducted by a practice nurse in conjunction with a General Practitioner who assesses a patient’s physical and psychological health, as well as their social wellbeing. It also assesses what preventive health care, education and other assistance should be offered to the patient to improve their health and wellbeing. This comprehensive assessment takes approximately one hour to complete and is provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients once per year free of charge.
45 - 49 Year Old Health Assessment
A health assessment at this stage of life can assist patients to make the necessary lifestyle changes to prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease. This health assessment is used to screen for early identification of chronic diseases and assesses risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing a chronic disease including:
• Lifestyle risk factors, such as smoking, physical inactivity, poor nutrition or alcohol use;
• Biomedical risk factors, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, impaired glucose metabolism or excess weight; and
• A family history of a chronic disease.
Appropriate examinations and investigations will be performed as clinically indicated by each individual patient. This is completed by a Practice Nurse in conjunction with a General Practitioner, and interventions and referrals will be implemented as required. It generally takes an hour to complete and is provided to patients once during the specified age range for free.
A health assessment for people aged 75 years and older is an assessment of a patient's health and physical, psychological and social function for the purpose of initiating preventive health care and/or medical interventions as appropriate.
This health assessment must include:
- measurement of the patient's blood pressure, pulse rate and rhythm;
- an assessment of the patient's medication;
- an assessment of the patient's continence;
- an assessment of the patient's immunisation status for influenza, tetanus and pneumococcus;
- an assessment of the patient's physical function, including the patient's activities of daily living, and whether or not the patient has had a fall in the last 3 months;
- an assessment of the patient's psychological function, including the patient's cognition and mood; and
- an assessment of the patient's social function, including the availability and adequacy of paid and unpaid help, and whether the patient is responsible for caring for another person.
- A health assessment for people aged 75 years and older may be claimed once every twelve months by an eligible patient.