Health Assessments

Here at the Western Downs Health Centre we offer three Health Assessments for different stages in life.

We offer the Over 75 Health Assessments, the 45-49 years Health Assessments and the ATSI Health Assessments.

All Health Assessments are bulk billed.

Some Health Assessments will include an ECG and/or a Spirometry.

A health assessment is an in-depth assessment of a patient. It provides a structured way of identifying health issues and conditions that are potentially preventable or amenable with interventions in order to improve health and/or quality of life.

The purpose of this health assessment is to help identify any risk factors exhibited by a patient that may require further health management. In addition to assessing a person’s health status, a health assessment is used to identify a broad range of factors that influence a person’s physical, psychological and social functioning.

Components of a health assessment for a person aged 75 years and older

The health assessment must include:

  • 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 matters covered by the health assessment; and
  • 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 relevant to the carer.

Specific components of the health assessment for older people include:

  • measurement of the patient’s blood pressure, pulse rate and rhythm;
  • an assessment of the patient’s medication;
  • an assessment of the patient’s continence;
  • an assessment of the patient’s immunisation status for influenza, tetanus and pneumococcus;
  • an assessment of the patient’s physical function, including the patient’s activities of daily living, and whether or not the patient has had a fall in the last 3 months;
  • an assessment of the patient’s psychological function, including the patient’s cognition and mood; and
  • an assessment of the patient’s social function, including the availability and adequacy of paid and unpaid help, and whether the patient is responsible for caring for another person.

The health professional undertaking the health assessment may also consider:

  • any need the patient may have for community services;
  • whether the patient is socially isolated;
  • the patient’s oral health and dentition; and
  • the patient’s nutrition status.

Components of the health assessment for a person aged between 45 and 49 years

The health assessment must include:

  • information collection, including taking a patient history and undertaking examinations and investigations as clinically required;
  • making an overall assessment of the patient’s health, including the patient’s readiness to make lifestyle changes;
  • initiating interventions and referrals as clinically indicated;
  • providing advice and information; including strategies to achieve lifestyle and behaviour changes;
  • keeping a record of the health assessment, and offering the patient a written report about the health assessment, with recommendations about matters covered by the health assessment; and
  • 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 relevant to the carer.

Components of the Health Assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of all ages

The health assessment includes an assessment of the patient’s health, including their physical, psychological and social well-being. It also assesses what preventive health care, education and other assistance should be offered to the patient to improve their health and well-being. It complements existing services already undertaken by a range of health care providers. This health assessment must include:

  • information collection, including taking a patient history and undertaking 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 matters covered by the health assessment; and
  • 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 relevant to the carer.

As part of a health assessment, a medical practitioner may develop a simple strategy for the good health of the patient. The strategy should identify any services the patient needs and the actions the patient should take. It should be developed in collaboration with the patient and be documented in the written report on the assessment that is offered to the patient.