Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician



Nicholas A Zwar

Email: n.zwar@unsw.edu.au
MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRACGP, is Professor of General Practice, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales

The 45 year old health check Feasibility and impact on practices and patient behaviour

The 45 year old health check (MBS item 717) for patients aged 45–49 years was introduced in 2006. This study evaluated its impact on preventive care and patient reported risk factors.

Anxiety and depression in Chinese patients attending an Australian GP clinic

Incidence of depression among Chinese people living in traditional Asian regions is low. Recent Chinese immigrants to Australia may be at greater risk of depression and anxiety because of issues...

Improving childhood immunisation coverage rates Evaluation of a divisional program

In contrast to generally high childhood immunisation coverage rates across Australia, general practices in central Sydney (New South Wales) have a below average coverage rate. To address this...

Feasibility and efficacy of COPD case finding by practice nurses

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a leading cause of disability, hospital admission and premature mortality, but is often undiagnosed. This study assessed the effectiveness...

Tobacco smoking: options for helping smokers to quit

Most smokers would like to quit and approximately 40% have made at least one attempt to do so in the past year.7 The good news is that smoking cessation has substantial and rapid health benefits.4...

Smoking patterns and readiness to quit A study of the Australian Arabic community

Smoking cessation interventions have typically focused on majority populations who, in Australia, are English speaking. There has been an overall decline in the prevalence of smoking in the...


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