Introduction

Earlier awareness of risk factors may prevent the development of cardiovascular disease and chronic conditions.

Gippsland PHN and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have been working with the National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) and Victorian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (VCDPA) to develop a consumer health check to assess a person’s risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) and chronic kidney disease. 

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) guidelines for preventive activity in general practice supports the health check approach. The initial testing and health professional validation of the Health Check occurred during October 2017 with local consumers and Gippsland PHN Clinical Councils and GP Advisors.

The health check is currently being piloted in Latrobe Valley with the intention to roll it out across Victoria at a later date. The Latrobe Valley pilot will run from November 2017 to February 2018. Department of Health and Human Services will formally evaluate the effectiveness of the Latrobe Valley Pilot.

Purpose of the Health Check

The purpose of the health check is to:

  • Ask questions about risk factors common to stroke, heart and kidney disease as well as diabetes.
  • Direct people to general practice for further testing and/or direct people to local resources and programs supporting a healthier lifestyle.
  • Identify people who may already have type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and/or chronic kidney disease. 

Access the Health Check

To access the Health Check on the Better Health Channel click here.

To access the Health Check in paper-based form download here.

HealthPathways and Healthy Lifestyle Programs

To access the Gippsland wide Lifestyle Modification HealthPathway log in here and go to Lifestyle / Lifestyle Modification Programs

To access the Latrobe Healthy Lifestyle Programs to support client referrals download the document here.