Issues in aging

October 2010

Clinical

How to perform a ‘Healthy Kids Check’

Volume 39, No.10, October 2010 Pages 761-765

Karyn Alexander

Danielle Mazza

Background

The Healthy Kids Check aims to gather health information, identify health problems and promote healthy lifestyles around the time of the 4 years of age vaccinations. It consists of a checklist of examinations and assessments, six of which are mandatory.

Objective/s

A series of evidence based examinations that fulfil the mandatory requirements for a Healthy Kids Check and which can be applied in general practice are proposed. Consideration is also given to nonmandatory examinations and additional assessments which have some evidence for their application.

Discussion

The proposed examination enables general practitioners to remain positively engaged with families and contribute toward the health surveillance of preschool children. Changes to the Medicare Benefits Schedule, which support time based reimbursement for preventive healthcare may encourage greater uptake of the Healthy Kids Check.

The Healthy Kids Check, introduced in July 2008, aims to gather health information, identify health problems and promote healthy lifestyle around the time of the 4 years of age vaccinations, in preparation for starting school.1 It can be conducted by the child’s usual general practitioner, or delegated to, or combined with an assessment by, the practice nurse.

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Correspondence afp@racgp.org.au

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