As you get older – we’re talking your 40s here, folks, so technically it’s not that old – it’s a great idea to visit your GP to check up on things like your heart health, cholesterol, weight and more.
Our GPs can help you with preventative health checks, and will provide proactive guidance if you fall into a risk category. Below are some recommended health checks you might want to follow up on.
Heart Health Check
If you are over 45 (or over 30 if you’re Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander) it’s a good idea to get your ticker checked out.
A heart health check is the patient-friendly term for comprehensive absolute cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment and ongoing management. We gather information about your risk factors for things like heart attack and, based on this, we then help you formulate a plan to reduce your risk.
To book in for a heart health check, please call us on 9848 4111.
45-49 year old Health Check
This health check was introduced by the Commonwealth Government to help with the early detection and prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and asthma. It’s a free service for eligible patients, with the fee bulk-billed.
In the health check, which takes about 30 minutes, you’ll spend time with one of our nurses and your GP. Their goal is to work out if you’re at risk of developing chronic disease, and also to give you handy lifestyle education and advice, update your medical history, and request any diagnostic tests they think could help e.g. cholesterol, blood sugar level.
You are eligible for this health check if you are between the ages of 45-49 years (inclusive) and have one or more of these risk factors:
Decreased physical activity
Family history of chronic conditions
Increased alcohol intake
High blood pressure
If you would like to book in for a 45-49 year old health check, please contact our reception staff on 9848 4111 and let them know what you’re after (they need to arrange a session with both a nurse and GP). You’ll need to arrive a few minutes early to your appointment, too, so you can complete a short questionnaire.