Adult health checks for Indigenous Australians: the first year's experience from the Inala Indigenous Health Service

Spurling, Geoffrey, Hayman, Noel E. and Cooney, Anna L. (2009) Adult health checks for Indigenous Australians: the first year's experience from the Inala Indigenous Health Service. Medical Journal of Australia, 190 10: 562-564.

Author Spurling, Geoffrey
Hayman, Noel E.
Cooney, Anna L.
Title Adult health checks for Indigenous Australians: the first year's experience from the Inala Indigenous Health Service
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
Publication date 2009-05-18
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 190
Issue 10
Start page 562
End page 564
Total pages 3
Editor Martin Van Der Weyden
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Australian Medical Association
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes
111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
C1
Abstract Objective: To evaluate the role of the adult health check for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15-54 years, in an urban Indigenous primary health care setting. Design, setting and participants: Cross-sectional study of Indigenous patients recruited opportunistically from the Inala Indigenous Health Service between 1 June 2007 and 31 July 2008. Main outcome measures: Newly identified cardiovascular risk factors, investigations ordered and performed, interventions and new diagnoses made. Results: 413 patients out of a possible 509 consented to participate (93% were Aboriginal). High prevalences of cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking (67%), being overweight and obese (61%), harmful levels of alcohol consumption (36%), and depression (23%) were found. The adult health checks resulted in new investigations (in 82% of participants), lifestyle advice (67%), vaccinations (42%), referrals (62%) and new medications (49%). New diagnoses resulting from the health checks included depression (6%), a harmful level of alcohol consumption (4%), chlamydia infection (4%), hypertension (3%) and diabetes (3%). Pap smears were performed in 47% of women as a result of the health check. Conclusions: The adult health check for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 15-54 years is a viable vehicle for evaluating health status, identifying chronic disease risk factors and for implementing preventive health care.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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