45-49 health checks
This health assessment is for patients who, in the clinical judgement of your Doctor are at risk of developing a chronic disease.
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.
Chronic disease risk factors
A chronic disease or condition is one that has been, or is likely to be present for at least six months, including (but not limited to) asthma, cancer, cardiovascular illness, diabetes mellitus, a mental health condition, arthritis or a musculoskeletal condition.
The decision that a patient is at risk of developing a chronic disease is a clinical judgement made by your Doctor. However, at least one risk factor must be identified.
Risk factors that the Doctor may consider include, but are not limited to:
- 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.
Components of the health assessment
The health assessment will include:
- information collection, including taking a patient history and undertaking examinations and investigations as clinically required;
- making an overall assessment of the patient’s health, including the patient’s readiness to make lifestyle changes;
- initiating interventions and referrals as clinically indicated;
- providing advice and information; including strategies to achieve lifestyle and behaviour changes;
- keeping a record of the health assessment, and offering the patient a written report about the health assessment, with recommendations about matters covered by the health assessment; and
- offering the patient’s carer (if any, and if the medical practitioner considers it appropriate and the patient agrees) a copy of the report or extracts of the report relevant to the carer.
Ask your doctor at Coffs Medical Centre and Moonee Medical Centre for more details. When booked, the nurse will go through the health check with you and then the Doctor will review the data and discuss your lifestyle for health risks.
75 + Health Assessments
The assessment is conducted by one of the Nurses (on behalf or the Doctor), either in your home or at Moonee Medical Centre or Coffs Medical Centre.
These assessments provide an overall health summary and are provided annually for patients.
They are made up of a number of questions looking at all areas of your health & well-being including diet and nutrition, exercise, mobility, mental health, family & social relationships and will include the following components:
Components of a health assessment for a person aged 75 years and older
Specific components of the health assessment for older people 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.
The Nurse undertaking the health assessment may also consider:
- any need the patient may have for community services;
- whether the patient is socially isolated;
- the patient’s oral health and dentition; and
- the patient’s nutrition status.
To follow up, after the Home Visit the nurse will book your GP to discuss the outcome of the assessment.