Preventative health is prevention of illness, the early detection of specific disease and the promotion and maintenance of better health. Most conditions are specific to patients lifestyle and / or family genetics. Maintaining and improving your health with a healthier lifestyle can significantly lessen the likelihood of many vital organs chronic diseases.
Below list is a good starting point for regular (annual at least) preventative health where applicable.
- Weight Management / Obesity
- Addictions: Tobacco, Alcohol & Gambling
- Mental Health – Stress, Anxiety & Depression
- High blood pressure & Cholesterol
- Physical inactivity – Psychology & Motivation
- Eye & Hearing checks
- Vaccines – Travel & AIR scheduled
- Sexual health & regular blood tests for blood borne viruses
- Antenatal care: family planning, nutritional education
- Cervical Screening
- Breast examination
- Prostate health
Some Chronic Diseases include:
- Respiratory: Asthma
- Lungs: Obstructive pulmonary disease
- Liver: Hepatitis
- Heart: Coronary heart disease
- Kidney: Diabetes
- Musculoskeletal: Arthritis, Osteoporosis
- Cancer: Various body organs
- Stroke: Brain
- Health assessment
- Fall prevention
- Eye Checks
Preventive health is beneficial for people of all ages. In older patients it is often focused on immunisation, physical activity, urinary incontinence, falls, visual impairment such as glaucoma, hearing impairment and dementia.For younger patients, preventive healthcare is focused on the prevention of communicable and chronic diseases, which involves lifestyle choices such as smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity, physical activity and nutrition. Vascular and metabolic disease prevention may involve assessments and tests for high blood pressure, cholesterol and other lipids, Type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and atrial fibrillation. Preventive healthcare also seeks to identify early detection of cancers such as prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, skin cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer and testicular cancer. Our GPs can help across the spectrum of preventive medicine. We aim to inform and educate our patients to be able to make the best choices for their own preventive healthcare management plan.
Please note: There is NO HEALTHCARE WITHOUT SELF CARE. Many conditions can be treated if diagnosed early. Our doctors take a preventative approach to manage conditions. Book an appointment today. If you like to discuss more than 2 conditions, we request you to book two appointments to help doctors run on time.