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  Disease Management and Preventive Care
Currently being reviewed and updated August 2104
Healthy Start for School Initiative  
 For a parent receiving income support during the financial year in which their child turns four, the child will be required to undergo a relevant health check to ensure they are healthy, fit and ready for school. This is a requirement to receiving the Family Tax Benefit A Supplement for the financial year in which a child turns four.
 You can use the same MD template as the 4 year old Health Check, available on the IM Resources section of the Division website.
The patients who will be affected by this new initiative will include those who:  
  • are receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A
  • have a child turning four; and
  • have received an income support payment from Centrelink (e.g. Parenting Payment, Newstart Allowance, etc.) or the Department of Veterans' Affairs, at any time during the financial year in which their child turns four.
Parents or carers may choose to have the health assessment completed at a medical practice or through the maternal and child health centres.
Failure by parent or carer to organise and complete the health check will result in the Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement for the child to be withheld.
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Healthy Kids Check - item numbers 701, 703, 705 and 707 (for GPs) and 10986 (for Nurses)
The item numbers have been introduced to support general practitioners and practice nurses to undertake a health check for a patient who is receiving or has received their four year old immunisation.
The child must be given the government's publication on developing healthy habits for kids (the 'Guide')
The purpose of the Healthy Kids Check is to ensure that every four year old child in Australia has a basic health check to see if they are healthy, fit and ready to learn when they start school. The Healthy Kids Check will promote early detection of lifestyle risk factors, delayed development and illness, and introduce guidance for healthy lifestyles and early intervention strategies. The Check will provide an opportunity to:
  • issue parents/guardians with information and advice on healthy habits for life for children
  • link parents/guardians and children to the primary health care system
  • assist GPs and Practice Nurses to identify any health issues for children prior to starting school
  • enable GPs to provide treatment or referral for any conditions identified as a result of the check

The NEVDGP has produced:
  • 2 MD templates for the assessment, one with DoHA logo, the other without:
  • Recall Letter to send out to eligible patients
    Found under IM Resources Health Assessments.
45-49 Year Old Health Check
This is a preventive health check for people between the ages of 45 and 49 (inclusive) who are at risk of developing a chronic disease.
More information 
More information from DoHA website including:
  • FactSheet (PDF 56 KB)
  • Questions and Answers (PDF 71 KB)
  • Checklist (PDF 50 KB or Word 3217 KB)


Division Resources
Prior to undertaking the health checks, it would be useful to investigate the services available in the local area and how accessible these are to patients. A directory of referral information within the practice should include counselling and self-help groups for smoking cessation, dietician referral information, drug and alcohol counsellors and self-help groups, local programs and services for physical activity, and more specialised services such as diabetes services.