Health Assessment

Overview

The aim of a health assessment is to help ensure that people receive primary health care matched to their needs, by encouraging early detection, diagnosis and intervention for common, treatable conditions that cause morbidity and early mortality. It takes into consideration their social and physical wellbeing, their family history, lifestyle and environmental risk factors. Health assessments typically include the following:

  • Measurement of blood pressure
  • Medication review
  • Immunisation status
  • Physical function (assessment of independent living and falls risk)
  • Continence assessment
  • Psychological function, including cognition and mood
  • Social function

Patient Eligibility

There are a range of health assessments available under Medicare for the following individuals:

  • 45-49 year olds who are at risk of developing a chronic disease
  • Type 2 diabetes risk assessment for people aged 40-49 years with a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes as determined by the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool (AUSDRISK)
  • People aged 75 years or older who live in their own home
  • Permanent residents of an aged care facility
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People with an intellectual disability
  • Refugees and other humanitarian entrants
  • Former serving members of the Australian Defence Force including former members of permanent and reserve forces

What does CESPHN do to support GPs and practice nurses?

  • Practice Support staff can explain the eligibility criteria and essential requirements for undertaking health assessments
  • Assistance setting up registers and identifying eligible patients
  • Provide and install health assessment templates in your clinical software for recalling patients for a health assessment
  • Education and training opportunities

Components of Health Assessments

  • Information collection including taking patient history, arranging investigations
  • Recommending appropriate interventions
  • Providing advice and information to the patient
  • Keeping a record of the health assessment and/or offering the patient or their carer a written report
  • Offering the patient's carer (if any) a copy of the report
 

Health Assessments, Medicare Item Numbers and Frequency of Claims

Guidelines and Resources