What is a Health Check?
An Aboriginal health check, also called a 715 health check, is a complete check of your physical health and wellbeing to keep you on track to stay well.
When you come in for your health check, you will see an Aboriginal health practitioner (AHP) or nurse then a doctor. They will ask some questions about your health, and do some simple checks first – blood pressure, blood sugar levels, height and weight.
It is also important to have a yarn about the health history of your family or any other worries you have. Knowing this information helps to identify things that might cause you problems in the future.
You might have to have a blood test or urine test, get your eyes checked, review your medicines and see if you are up to date with your immunisations. If needed, you will be referred to a specialist for things like diabetes, mental health, foot health, dental health or healthy eating. Seeing a specialist will help you stay in good
After you have the tests you need, you’ll then have another yarn with the doctor about the tests and any follow up you might need.
Why should I have my health check every year?
Staying on top of your health is important. This gives you control over your body and wellbeing.
Yearly health checks help identify illnesses or chronic diseases before they occur. It is much easier to prevent getting sick, rather than treating illnesses when they become a big problem.
Do I need a health check even though I feel strong and healthy?
Having regular health checks will help you stay in control of your health and wellbeing so you can stay strong and well. Don’t wait until you’re unwell to get a health check.
You will also get information about how to keep healthy and supporting people to make healthy choices.
Taking control of your health means that chronic disease doesn’t have to be a part of your future.
Your health is in your hands.
Have a health check and get a free Deadly Choices shirt!
When you have your annual health check, you will receive a special Congress custom Deadly Choices shirt! Get one every year and get the full collection!