Annual health check for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – animation

This video outlines the free annual health check available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, how it works, and why it's important.

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Good health starts with the 715 health check.

It keeps our health heading in the right direction, and can help to stop small health problems becoming big ones. 

Getting a regular health check tells you important information about the health of your body.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of all ages can get an annual 715 health check. They are free at Aboriginal Medical Services and bulk-billing clinics. 

First, you might need to make an appointment. Contact your local health service to find out. They may also be able to organise transport for you, if you need it. 

When you arrive, you will be asked for your contact details, your Medicare card, or your concession card. So make sure to bring them along, or check that they are on file. 

A nurse, health worker or doctor will ask you about your health and your family medical history. You can tell them about any worries your might have. They will gather information about your health. The information will be different, depending on your age. 

They might check your blood pressure, blood sugar levels, height and weight. You may also have a blood or urine test. Depending on the information you've given, you might have some other tests too.

You can also talk to the nurse, health worker or doctor about your family's health, and how to make sure kids, parents, aunts and uncles can get their health check up.

Your doctor or health practitioner will then talk to you about the information you've given.  Together, you'll talk about a plan to stay in good health. You might also be referred to a specialist or other health professional to better manage things like diabetes or nutrition.

All up, the 715 health check should take under an hour. You might also be referred to your health service's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker who can help guide you to develop a health action plan.

Get on board with the 715 health check, because your health is in your hands. Contact your local health service, and book a 715 check up for you and your family today. 

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