Early identification of disease risk factors
The 715 Preventative Health Assessment (also known as a Health Check) provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the opportunity to have their health comprehensively assessed to identify risk factors for chronic disease through providing access to preventative and early intervention management strategies.
Currently only 1 in 3 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people access the 715 Health Check in CSAPHN, the national target to reach for 2023 as part of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan is 2 in 3 people.
715 Health Assessments have been proven to increase health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and has been effective in early detection of issues.
The RACGP National Guideline provides more information, and more background to the 715 Health Assessment as well as key data and research. In addition, as part of improving the quality of care the RACGP 5th Edition Standards for General Practice provides that:
Why should you get a health check?
Promoting the need for a 715
Preventative Health Assessment
The Indigenous Health Project Officers in your area are able to assist your Practice in providing support and advice in the delivery of services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including necessary fundamentals to help get you started in 715 Health Check Promotion and further supports, advice and information with follow-up care.
On completion of a 715 Health Check, Patients will be able to get a free Health Assessment Shirt or Cap.
The guidance has been included in HealthPathways South Australia and has been customised to the South Australian context. This includes guidance surrounding the Risk Assessment and Screening Protocol developed by the South Australian Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium.
To get involved please contact the Indigenous
Health Project Officer in your area
Country and Outback Health
Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service Inc.
Moorundi Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service Inc