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National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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The National Guide is a practical resource intended for all health professionals delivering primary healthcare to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Its purpose is to provide GPs and other health professionals with an accessible, user-friendly guide to best practice preventive healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

The reviewing and updating of the second (2012) edition of the National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (National Guide) was a joint initiative of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

The National Guide supports healthcare providers to use the opportunity with every clinic visit to prevent disease, and to find it early.

This edition:

  • equips primary healthcare providers and their teams with a comprehensive and concise set of recommendations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, with additional information about tailoring advice depending on risk and need
  • advises on activities that can help prevent disease, detect early and unrecognised disease, and promote health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, while allowing for local and regional variations.
  • encourages clinicians to consider the social determinants of health when providing preventive healthcare
  • Includes the following new topics and features:        Cover 1.fw
    • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
    • Preventing child maltreatment – supporting families to optimise child safety and wellbeing
    • Family abuse and violence
    • Prevention of lung cancer
    • Young person lifecycle summary wall chart

The following items are available to download:

  • the National Guide, which contains evidence statements, recommendations, risk calculation tables and an outline of what is new in the third edition
  • the evidence base: the collection of evidence underpinning the guide and recommendations (see the Methodology section ‘Searching the evidence base and drafting recommendations’) 
  • child, young people and adult lifecycle summary wall charts listing activities recommended at each age group


The National Guide can be used in conjunction with the RACGP Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice ‘red book’ and with the Medicare Benefits Schedule rebate item 715: Health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

New to the third edition!  National Guide podcasts

Subscribe to the National Guide Podcast to hear host Lauren Trask, NACCHO Implementation Officer and CQI expert, speak to general practitioners and researchers on updates and changes in the third edition of the National Guide. Listeners will hear about the latest evidence on a range of topics from authors of the National Guide - grassroots general practitioners and researchers with experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.

Download the Guideline and supporting documentation

The National Guide Podcast

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Enquiries

 aboriginalhealth@racgp.org.au
 Freecall 1800 000 251

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