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Table 3 Recommended schedule for the adult well person's health check for Indigenous people

From: Variation in quality of preventive care for well adults in Indigenous community health centres in Australia

Service item Guideline Frequency Starting age
Basic measurements    
   Weight A Yearly 10 years
  B Yearly 15 years
   Height B 1st visit  
   BMI A Yearly 10 years
  B Yearly 15 years
   Waist circumference A Yearly (6-monthly in obesity/overweight) 18 years
  B Yearly 15 years
   Blood pressure A Check every visit, at least yearly 18 years or earlier
  B Yearly 15 years
Laboratory investigations    
   Urinalysis A Yearly 15-18 years
  B Yearly 15 years
   Blood glucose level A 1-2 yearly 15-18 years in high prevalence
  B Yearly 15 years
   Pap smear (women only) A 2-yearly Women aged 18-70
   STI: PCR for gonorrhoea & chlamydia A 1-2 yearly < 25 years for sexually active men and women
  B Yearly 15 years
   STI: Syphilis serology A 1-2 yearly 15-30 years
  B Yearly 15 years
Oral health check A Yearly All ages
Brief intervention/advice    
   Smoking A Yearly 10 years
  B Yearly 15 years
   Nutrition B Yearly 15 years
   Alcohol A Yearly 14-15 years
  B Yearly 15 years
   Physical activity B Yearly 15 years
   Mood (emotional well-being) A Every visit 15 years
  1. A - National guide to a preventive health assessment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples [2].
  2. B - CARPA standard treatment manual: a clinic manual for primary health care practitioners in remote and rural communities in Central and Northern Australia [11].
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