Introduction

West Pennant Hills Medical centre can offer you a wide ranges of preventive health and health check.

A Health assessment may take about 20 to 30 minutes. It normally involves seeing a practice nurse and then follow by a consultation with doctor.

Health assessment

The following categories of health assessments may be undertaken by a medical practitioner.

  • Healthy Kids Check for children who are aged at least 3 years and less than 5 years of age
  • Health assessment for people aged 45-49 years who are at risk of developing chronic diseases
  • Type 2 diabetes risk evaluation for people aged 40-49 years with a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes as determined by the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool
  • Health assessment for people aged 75 years and older
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are less than 15 years old, who are aged 15 years and over but under the age of 55 years and who are aged 55 years and over

 

Other activities involved under health assessment are

  • Information collection, including taking a patient history and undertaking or arranging examinations and investigations as required
  • Making an overall assessment of the patient
  • Recommending appropriate interventions
  • Providing advice and information to the patient
  • Keeping a record of the health assessment, and offering the patient a written report about the health assessment, with recommendations about issues covered by the health assessment
  • 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 to the carer.

Preventive Health

  • Life style advice and management
  • Smoking cessation
  • Nutritional advise and weight management
  • Alcohol consumption and dependency
  • Referral to allied health workers if necessary

Additionally we can offer you Cancer screening

  • Cervical Cancer screening – PAP smear (2 yearly cervical smear from age of 18 to 69)
  • Breast Cancer Screening (mammography from age of 40 to 69)
  • Skin Cancer Screening (yearly or opportunistic check)
  • Bowel Cancer Screening (Australians turning 50, 55, 60 or 65 years of age, who hold a Medicare card or DVA card)
  • Prostate Cancer Screening (it is a controversial area – please discuss with your GP)