A Preliminary Health Check should be commenced as soon as possible and no later than 30 days after entry to OOHC to determine areas of immediate need.

Items for all children

GPs

  • MBS General Attendance Items 23 (Level B), 36 (Level C) and 44 (Level D) in consulting rooms, provided by a general practitioner.
  • MBS General Attendance Items 24 (Level B), 37 (Level C) and 47 (Level D) at a place other than consulting rooms or a residential aged care facility, provided by a general practitioner.

Other Medical Practitioners (not vocationally registered)

  • MBS Consultation Items 53 (Standard), 54 (Long) and 57 (Prolonged) in consulting rooms, provided by another medical practitioner.
  • MBS Consultation Items 59 (Standard), 60 (Long) and 65 (Prolonged) provided as a home visit or consultation at an institution (including a hospital), by another medical practitioner.

Consultant Medical Practitioners (including paediatricians)

  • MBS Item 110 for referred initial consultation in consulting rooms or hospital – in a single course of treatment.
  • MBS Item 122 for referred consultation provided as a home visit – in a single course of treatment.

Consultant Psychiatrists

  • MBS Items 296, 297 and 299 for referred initial consultation.

Items for specific population groups

These items may be available if the child meet one of the following criteria:
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander;
  • Aged at least 3 and less than 5 years;
  • Has an intellectual disability; and
  • Refugee or humanitarian entrant, and who has been in Australia for less than 12 months.
Check full eligibility criteria and note that some items can be billed annually while others can be billed once only per child.

GPs

  • MBS time-based health assessment item 701 (Brief, less than thirty minutes) for a child:
    • aged at least 3 years and less than 5 years, who has received or is receiving their four year old immunisation who is about to commence school (available once only for each eligible child who has not already received an MBS Item 10986 service);
    • with an intellectual disability (available annually); and
    • who is a refugee or humanitarian entrant, and who has been in Australia for less than 12 months (available once only for each eligible child).
  • MBS item 715, the health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 0-14 years of age inclusive (available annually).

Practice nurses or Aboriginal Health Workers

  • MBS Health Assessment Item 10986 Healthy Kids Check provided by a practice nurse or registered Aboriginal health worker (available once only for each eligible child who has not already received a Healthy Kids Check service under MBS Items 701, 703, 705 or 707).