The main purpose for this health assessment is for the medical practitioner to focus on the health needs of those patients around 45yrs of age & who are at risk of developing a chronic disease.
The aim of the health check is to assist with the detection & prevention of chronic disease & enable early intervention strategies to be put in place where appropriate.
Chronic Disease: a disease or condition that has been present for at least 6mths, including but not limited to asthma, cancer, cardiovascular illness, diabetes mellitus, mental health conditions, arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions.
Some risk factors that might affect whether a patient is at risk of developing a chronic disease are: smoking, physical inactivity, poor nutrition or alcohol misuse, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, excess weight or family history of a chronic disease.
Patients are only eligible for a 45-49yr health check once in a lifetime.