The aim of the health check is to assist with the detection and prevention of chronic diseases and
enable early intervention strategies to be put in place where appropriate.
Health Checks For All
The purpose of the health check is to focus on the needs of people around 45 to 49 years of age who are at risk of developing a chronic disease. The aim of the health check is to assist with the detection and prevention of chronic diseases and enable early intervention strategies to be put in place where appropriate
Do you have any of the following “risk factors” that may increase the chances of developing a chronic disease? If so, you might want to consider seeing the Doctor about a health check.
- High blood pressure
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Poor or unbalanced diet
- Elevated cholesterol
- Impaired glucose metabolism
- Family history of chronic disease (e.g. cancer, heart disease, diabetes or arthritis)
- High stress levels
- Sun exposure
- Alcohol misuse
DIABETIC RISK ASSESSMENT FOR PEOPLE AGED 40 TO 49
This health check is aimed at people aged between 40 and 49 years of age.
The Australian Type 2 diabetes assessment tool is a short list of questions to help both health professionals and patients assess the risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next 5 years.
People with a high result, are eligible to attend a Diabetes Risk Evaluation with their Doctor. If you meet the criteria of being at immediate or high risk, this is followed up with blood tests and a discussion about lifestyle changes.
OSTEOPOROSIS HEALTH CHECK
Osteoporosis affects 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men over the age of sixty. It is important to be aware of the bone health, as osteoporosis often has no symptoms until a fracture occurs. If you want to find out if you are at risk, speak to the Doctor of the Practice Nurse.
There are many risk factors that may contribute to you developing osteoporosis;
Management of osteoporosis, once diagnosed through a bone density test, involves lifestyle changes, medication to stop further bone loss and fractures, and falls prevention measures.
- Lifestyle: smoking, excessive alcohol intake, diet lacking in calcium and a sedentary lifestyle
- Family history
- Medical history: chronic liver or kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, early menopause in women, or low testosterone levels in men
MEN’S HEALTH CHECK
Men often don’t make time to see a Doctor unless they are very sick. A comprehensive Men’s Health Check is designed for males aged 35 to 74 years of age. This focuses on preventative health strategies aimed at safeguarding the health. It provides and opportunity to update the medical, family and social history and to look at any potential health issues.
The Doctor can also assist with advice and information on how to make lifestyle changes and improve the health.
We recommend an annual men’s health checks:
- Skin checks
- Heart health check (BP, ECG and blood tests)
- Weight management
- Diabetes risk assessment
- Prostate cancer screening
- Bowel cancer screen
- Eye health
- Bone density assessment
- Immunisation status
- Alcohol and drug issues
- Mental health concerns such as depression
- Erectile dysfunction or other sexual problems
- Relationship problems