Whether it’s a skin check, a cancer screening or monitoring your blood pressure, proactively checking important health measures allows for early detection of any threats and better overall health.

We offer a wide range of health checks to members. All of these are offered at all our locations and can be booked online unless stated otherwise, please use the ‘Standard Consult’ appointment type if the procedure isn’t listed specifically.

Skin Checks

Skin cancer continues to be one of Australia’s biggest health risks, with two out of three Australians diagnosed before they reach the age of 70.

Full-body skin checks are important to mitigate the risk of skin cancer and other skin conditions. You should get this done at least once a year, even if you don’t notice any irregularities with your skin. If you do notice a new lump or lesion on your skin, please have it checked out by your GP immediately.

Heart Health Checks

Coronary Heart Disease is Australia’s most deadly health condition, with a range of other heart ailments affecting the lives of many Australians.

Everyone aged over 45 – or over 30 for Indigenous Australians – is eligible for a free annual Heart Health Check. This covers all the fundamentals of positive heart health and your GP will work with you on a plan to ensure your heart is being looked after.

Asthma Action Plans

Each year the ACT region reports the highest levels of asthma in Australia. Non-optimal management not only causes fatigue and lifestyle restrictions, in extreme cases it can result in respiratory complications.

If you have a history of asthma make sure you update your Asthma Action Plan annually and check in your with doctor straight away if your symptoms worsen.

Cholesterol Management

Active management of cholesterol is essential to mitigate the risks of high blood pressure, stroke, coronary heart disease, peripheral vascular disease and chronic kidney disease.
We offer a range of important checks in this area and encourage all members with existing problems impacted by abnormal cholesterol to see their GP to discuss.

Blood Pressure

Checking your blood pressure takes just a couple of minutes, but the price of not doing so regularly can be huge. Blood pressure readings help your GP understand whether you are at risk of serious conditions such as stroke, heart disease and kidney disease.

If you’re over the age of 18 please have your blood pressure checked at least once every two years. More frequent checks are recommended if you have conditions hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stroke or kidney disease.

Diabetes

Diabetes affects the lives of more than a million Australians.
We encourage all members with diabetes to ensure they have an up to date Care Plan. Please check in with your GP as recommended in the plan and remember that you can speak to them at any time about related mental and emotional challenges.

Data suggests that up to 58% of type 2 diabetes cases can be avoided or delayed by preventative diabetes checks. If you’re aged between 40 and 49, speak to your doctor about the Diabetes Risk Health Assessment.

Breast Cancer Screening

Breast Cancer is one of the most serious health risks for women, with up to 20,000 diagnoses each year across Australia. No matter your age or overall health, you should speak regularly with your doctor about how to minimise the risks.

All women aged 40 and above are able to get a free screening with BreastScreen ACT with no need for a referral from a GP. Please take advantage of this service and have regular checks, particularly if you’re aged between 50 and 74.

If you notice an irregularity of any kind with your breasts please speak to your doctor immediately, who will advise the best course of action and provide any necessary referrals.

Cervical Cancer Screening

Up to 1000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in Australia each year. The good news is that screening has halved its occurrence over the last 3 decades.

The Cervical Screening Test has replaced the Pap smear test in recent years and is forecast to protect 30% more women from Cervical Cancer.

All women aged 25+ should have the screening every 5 years, or within 2 years from your last Pap test.

Bowel Cancer Screening

Bowel Cancer is Australia’s second deadliest cancer, claiming the lives of over 100 Australians every week.  Evidence suggests however that a third of cancers are preventable, and that early diagnosis improves treatment options and chances of survival.

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) allows Australians aged 50 to 74  to screen for bowel cancer using a free, simple test at home.  You can find out more about the program here.

If you have recently received the screening kit, please complete the process and speak with your GP if you have any questions or concerns.  If it’s been more than 2 years since you last had the test, talk to your doctor who can organise a pathology test referral and provide you with advice based on the results.

Peripheral Vascular Disease (ABI test)

Peripheral Vascular Disease (sometimes called Peripheral Artery Disease) occurs when a narrowed or blocked blood vessel causes problems with circulation to body parts other than the brain and heart. Most often, this is caused by a build up of fatty deposits in a blood vessel, with the legs and kidneys the body parts most often affected.

If you’re aged 50+ or notice any of the key symptoms – such as pain, numbness, pins and needles and bruising on your hands, legs or feet – please book in with your doctor for a review.

If the Doctor believes you may be at risk of Peripheral Vascular Disease, they will recommend an ABI test for an accurate diagnosis. This is a simple procedure which can be performed at our Coombs clinic.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Health Assessment

All First Nations people are eligible to receive a free ATSI assessment annually. Learn more on our Indigenous Services page.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

If you’re sexually active you should see your doctor for a check-up every 6 months.

You can always speak to your doctor in confidence and they’ll take the time to listen and understand. Where appropriate, they can also help with screenings for a chlamydia and a range of other infections.

Bone Density (Osteoporosis)

Osteoporosis is a condition simply defined as having weak, fragile and easily breakable bones. Our bones are living tissue undergoing constant breakdown, repair, growth, rebuilding, and replacement.

After about 50 years of age, we start to break down more bone than we rebuild – which can lead to Osteoporosis. Women commonly experience a period of rapid bone loss after the onset of menopause, with older men also at risk.

Osteoporosis is diagnosed with a bone density scan, which determines if any action or treatment is required to improve your bone health. Speak with your doctor regularly if you’re in the at risk category, they’ll refer you for the scan when required.

Thyroid Function Test

Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid disorder in Australia, affecting an estimated 3% of the population. Active management is essential, which for many patients can involve a lifelong commitment to hormone replacement medication (thyroxine) and regular checks of the thyroid function.

If you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism please have a Thyroid Function Test at least once a year so your doctor can monitor hormone levels and review your management plan.

Bulk Billing healthcare in the ACT

We provide bulk billed GP services to members at our 8 clinics across the ACT and Yass. This covers standard GP appointments, health checks and many vaccinations, with just a few detailed procedures incurring an out of pocket cost. Non-members can access standard GP appointments for $70.

Affordable family healthcare

Unlimited bulk-billed healthcare for you and your family all year round as a member.

Bulk billed by appointment

Forget long wait times, get access to a bulk billed GP at a time that suits you.

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