Sydney Premier Medical & Health Centre has always placed a strong emphasis on preventative medicine.
Under 40 years of age, less frequent assessments are recommended but may be indicated in certain situations. Family History is especially relevant; a strong family history of cancer, heart disease or type 2 diabetes would increase the need for earlier assessment.
Mental Health Plans
A Mental Health Care Plan is a plan made by your doctor for treating a mental health problem over time.
Your Doctor will work with you to assess your mental health, work out what help you need, set goals and choose the treatment that would be best for you. Your doctor will also discuss options for treatment and advise you about any other services that might help you. (The plan might also include what to do in a crisis or to prevent relapse.)
Once you and your doctor have agreed on your goals and what you need to do to achieve them, your doctor will write out a mental health care plan. Preparing the plan may take a number of visits.
4yo Healthy Kids Check
The aim of the Healthy Kids Check is to ensure every four year old child in Australia has a basic health check to see if they are healthy, fit and ready to learn when they start school.
The Healthy Kids Check will:
- Promote early detection of lifestyle risk factors
- Delayed development and illness, and
- Introduce guidance for healthy lifestyles and early intervention strategies.
Where appropriate, arrangements will be put into place for referrals and follow-ups of any problems identified
45-49 Year Old Health Assessment
45 to 49 (inclusive) year old health check is part of the Australian Better Health Initiative (ABHI) announced by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in February 2006. The health check assists with the detection and prevention of chronic disease. It enables early intervention strategies.The health check involves taking your history, noting your current health issues and risk factors as well as looking at your family history of chronic disease. The health check will look at:
- Lifestyle risk factors such as smoking, physical inactivity, poor nutrition or alcohol misuse;
- Biomedical risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, impaired glucose metabolism or excess weight;
- Family history of a chronic disease.
Overall, this health check aims to find, prevent and lessen the effect of disease by giving our Team the opportunity to look at your lifestyle and for some health problems. Getting in early can have a big impact later on.
For peace of mind why not book in with our nurse today.
40-49 Year Old Type 2 Diabetes Risk Evaluation
The aim of the type 2 diabetes risk evaluation is to support medical practitioners to address the health needs of patients 40 to 49 years of age who are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Eligible patients must be aged 40 to 49 years (inclusive) or 15 to 54 years (inclusive) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes as determined by the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool.
Patients with newly diagnosed or existing diabetes are not eligible for this evaluation.
- evaluating your risk as determined by the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool, which has been completed by the patient within a period of 3 months prior to undertaking the type 2 diabetes risk evaluation;
- updating your history and undertaking physical examinations and clinical investigations in accordance with relevant guidelines;
- making an overall assessment of your risk factors and of the results of relevant examinations and investigations;
- initiating interventions, if appropriate, including referral to a diabetes educator, lifestyle modification program and/or follow-up relating to the management of any risk factors identified; and
- providing you with advice and information (such as the Lifescripts resources produced by the Department of Health and Ageing available at the Department's Lifescripts page), including strategies to achieve lifestyle and behaviour changes if appropriate.
Risk Factors:Risk factors include the following:
- lifestyle risk factors, such as smoking, physical inactivity and poor nutrition;
- biomedical risk factors, such as high blood pressure, impaired glucose metabolism and excess weight; and
- a family history of a chronic disease.
Chronic Disease Care Plans
People with a chronic medical condition may be able to get Medicare benefits to cover allied health services that help manage their condition.
A chronic medical condition is one that has been, or is likely to be, present for at least 6 months. Anyone with a chronic or terminal medical condition can have a GP Management Plan in place.
- identifies your health care needs
- sets out the services to be provided by your GP and
- lists the actions that you need to take
You may be eligible for Medicare benefits for specific allied health services if your doctor prepares both types of plans for you.
The nursing staff will also assist both you and your GP to set up all appointments and tests as required to ensure you have access to healthcare providers, and that your health concerns are well managed at all times.
Over 75 Health Checks
A health assessment of an older person is an in-depth assessment of a patient aged 75 years and over.
The over 75 health assessment is an annual comprehensive assessment of physical, psychological and social well-being for those aged 75 and over, and offers preventative health care and education. It is offered nationwide to all people aged 75 and over, excluding those currently in hospital or those in residential aged care facilities.
Following the visit at the clinic with our nurse, you will be required to have a follow-up appointment with your Doctor to discuss the results of your health assessment. This usually occurs within 2-3 weeks of your initial visit with the nurse. The nurse conducting your assessment will make your follow-up appointment for you before you leave the clinic.
Importantly, the health assessment is AT NO COST TO YOU. This includes both the consultation with the nurse and and the follow-up appointment with your doctor.
Whilst it is not compulsory to have this health assessment we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this valuable service being offered to you.
A fasting blood test is often included. Cholesterol and blood glucose regularly checked. In some cases faeces is tested for hidden (occult) bleeding as a screen for bowel cancer. Sometimes X-rays & other tests such as a stress heart test are suggested. Importantly all assessments should will be followed with a management plan tailored to your individual needs. This will include review appointments if necessary.
Adequate time needs to be arranged for such an assessment so please inform the receptionist of this when booking.
To find out more about Preventive Medicine services in the Sydney CBD, please contact Sydney Premier Medical Centre, to book an appointment now on 02 8964 8677.