What is a 715 Health Check?
Staying on top of your health is important. A health check can help to identify potential illnesses or chronic diseases before they occur. It is much easier to look at ways to prevent these things from occurring, rather than treatment. It is also a chance for you to chat with your health care team about anything that is worrying you or that you might need support with. It is your health check so your priorities are important.
A health check can only be conducted with your consent, it is important that your doctor explains this to you and you agree to having one completed.
Did you know yearly 715 Health Checks:
- are free
- are tailored for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of all ages
- will help you to manage your health and prevent chronic diseases
- may give you access to additional bulk-billed Allied Health Services (including podiatry, physiotherapy, dietitians and more).
What happens at the 715 Health Check?
Health checks might be different depending on your age. Having the health check should take between 40 to 60 minutes. If you are comfortable, your Aboriginal Health Worker, Practice Nurse or GP will ask you a range of questions about your health, do a general physical examination, and might check your:
- blood pressure
- blood sugar levels
- height and weight
- blood test.
It is also good to tell your GP about your family’s medical history or any worries you have about your health.
Once you finish the check your GP, Practice Nurse or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker might tell you about other ways to help look after your health. They might suggest services to help you with your:
- mental health.
You may also get help with free or discounted medicines you might need. Your GP can give you information about CTG scripts if you have or are at-risk of having a chronic disease.