Health checks
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Your health, your choice
It’s very important for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to have regular health checks.

Many Indigenous people have poorer health than other Australians, often dying much younger. Heart disease, kidney disease, lung cancer and diabetes are very high among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women.

But you shouldn’t wait until it’s too late. A visit to Danila Dilba for your regular health check can help you stay healthy. It can also find early warning signs of things like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.   

All our clinics are guided by an ‘Aboriginal health practitioner first’ policy, so you will be seen by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner before a doctor.

When should I have health checks?
A full body check-up is recommended every year. Depending on your health, you may need health reviews every three months.

Even if you feel healthy, you should still have regular check-ups. Good health is not about waiting to get sick and then trying to fix the problem. It’s about living well and staying well.

What is a health check?
You will receive a full body check-up from an Aboriginal Health Practitioner, a nurse and a doctor.

The check-up covers a range of tests and questions to keep an eye on your health, and can help find problems before they become serious. 

What are the health checks?

  • updating medical history, family history and allergies
  • taking blood pressure
  • testing urine
  • testing sugar levels in blood
  • measuring weight and height
  • checking eyesight
  • checking ears
  • asking about social and emotional wellbeing
  • yarning about good foods, bad foods and exercise
  • giving information on how to improve  health (e.g. quitting smoking).

There are different health checks for women, children and men. Women may have a Pap smear (every two years), breast check and bone density check. Men may have a prostate check. Children can receive free immunisations to help protect them from serious diseases such as the measles, mumps and whooping cough.

After the health check is done, we work with you to help you to live well and stay well.

Live well, stay well – have a health check today!

Book them at one of our general clinics or special men’s and women’s clinics.

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