Aboriginal Health Checks
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health checks are about keeping healthy.
There are three different age groups eligible for the health checks. The child health check is for 0-14 year olds. This health check involves looking at the child’s overall health, risk factors and involves a medical examination and/or tests. The GP will then suggest ways that the child’s health can be improved, maybe through treatment or referral to other health services, or maybe just providing health advice to the parent or guardian.
The second health check is for adults aged 15 to 54. Like the child health check, the adult health check looks at the person’s overall health, risk factors and involves medical examinations and/or tests. A strategy for good health can be developed and, once again, this may involve treatment, referral to services or providing health advice.
The final health check is for older persons aged 55+. The older person’s health check includes everything included in the adult health check, as well as looking at a person’s activities in their daily life, whether they have had any falls in the last 3 months, and looking at the availability of help for that person.
These health checks are all about getting in early. Good health is about not waiting to get sick and then trying to fix the problem. It is about being in control of your health to prevent getting sick in the first place. These health checks are important because they can pick up the early warning signs of serious diseases and your GP can help you find ways to reduce your risk factors. It could be as simple as getting a bit more exercise each day, or changing some of what you eat. So it is worth making a few changes now as this will have a big impact later on.
Perth Central and East Metro Medicare Local in collaboration with the StreetDoctor service operates a Nurse-Led Clinic which offers health assessments to Aboriginal people, including confidential health checks.
The clinics are based on a “Nurse-Led” clinic model where the Practice Nurse is trained to provide comprehensive health checks, care plan preparation, health education and promotion to patients under the guidance of a doctor.
Who is eligible?
Aboriginal people who have been:
- Diagnosed with a chronic disease (for more than 6 months).
- At risk of a chronic disease (e.g. family history).
Free health check for all Aboriginal people!
For further information and/or to download the Closing the Gap Nurse-Led Clinic brochure, please click the following link: CTG Nurse-Led Clinics