45-49 Year Old Health Checks

The Federal Government introduced health checks for everyone aged between 45 and 49 who may be at risk of developing a health complaint, like diabetes or heart problems.
The aim of the health check is to help find, prevent or lessen the effect of disease based on the premise that it is better to prevent disease than to treat it. This health check looks at your lifestyle and medical/family history to find out if you are at risk.

The health check involves:

  • Updating your medical history and looking at your health issues
  • Doing tests (such as blood pressure tests), if required
  • Follow up of any problems identified
  • Advice and information, for example on how to make lifestyle changes to improve your health

Risk factors may include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Extra weight
  • Unbalanced diet
  • High cholesterol
  • Family history of disease (e.g. cancer, glaucoma, heart disease, depression or diabetes)
  • Smoking
  • High stress levels
  • Sun Exposure

This service is fully covered by Medicare and there is no cost to the patient.
When booking your appointment, please ensure to let the reception staff know that it is for a 45-49 health check so they can allocate an appropriate time period for the doctor.

Diabetes Health Assessment

The assessment is for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes It provides an annual assessment or check-up for either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, focusing on key risk factors for the development of complications.
Patients can be newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for many years.
Why is an annual assessment important?
Patients with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes should have a full assessment once a year to ensure there is no damage to important body systems caused by their diabetes.
What does the assessment involve?
Eye examination

  • Visual acuity test
  • Dilatation of the eye
  • Retinal eye photography
  • Examination of the retinal eye photography by an ophthalmologist

Foot examination

  • Visual assessment of the foot
  • Neurological testing
  • Assessment of blood circulation in foot using a Doppler

Kidney function assessment

  • Blood sample
  • Urine sample

Heart and blood pressure examination

  • Resting cardiograph
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood sample

We also review the patient’s medications, including diabetic medications, blood pressure medications and cholesterol medications.
How does it work?
A diabetes clinical nurse consultant will interview the patient. This is followed by a consultation with a Doctor to provide an assessment and advice on management.
This service is fully covered by Medicare and there is no cost to the patient.

Other Assessments Available Under Medicare

Health Assesment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

  • 15 year old and under
  • 15 - 54 years
  • 55 years and over

Health Assessment provided for people with an intellectual disability

Health Assessment provided for refugees and other humanitarian entrants

Health Assessment provided as a comprehensive medical assessment for residents of residential aged care facilities

Health Assessment provided for people aged 75 years and older

Health Assessment for Former Australian Defence Force (ADF) Personnel

Healthy Kids Check for 4 Year Old Children

Chronic Disease Management Plan

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