Annual Health Assessments are intended to    benefit       aged members of our community by providing them with a regular government funded health check. Most people aged 75 years and over, or 55 years or over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, are eligible for a Health Assessment once each year; these checks are Medicare funded.

The assessment allows your doctor to take specific notice of areas which are hard to cover  or overlooked in a normal consultation. It provides you with an opportunity to raise any concerns that you may have about your health. Health Assessments are currently conducted in the practice and  require a consultation with one of our Practice Nurses for an initial assessment and discussion on your health. Another appointment will then be made for your regular doctor to carry out a more thorough examination, and to follow-up any specific concerns identified with the nurse or you may have regarding any aspects of your health.

Areas that are usually checked include:

  • Your recent health
  • Whether or not you have seen other doctors or health workers in the last 6 months
  • Any difficulties with mood, memory or sleep
  • Discuss Smoking/alcohol/nutrition/exercise
  • Living arrangements and home safety
  • Social support
  • Mobility
  • Medications you take
  • Immunisations
  • An examination of your weight, height, blood pressure, pulse, feet, vision, hearing and other areas which may come up during the assessment

The assessment with the nurse usually takes approx. 60 minutes and another 30 minutes with your doctor at a later appointment, who will discuss the results and recommendations with you and provide a written summary.

If you would like to arrange a Health Assessment or if you would like any further information about Health Assessments, phone the Surgery on 5831 2333.