Men’s health encompasses a wide range of concerns, beyond prostate cancer and sports injuries. Compared to women, men visit the doctor less frequently, have shorter visits, and only attend when their illness is in its later stages.
Men have specific health needs that require attention at various points throughout their lifetime. Unfortunately, many Australian men do not take the time required to take care of themselves by visiting the GP as often as they should. Many deny feeling unwell or concerned at first and would prefer to ‘shrug it off’ rather than address a health problem.
It might be time you had a general check up. Between 45 and 64 years of age is prime time for determining patient risk factors and offering screening for health conditions. Multimorbidity, particularly physical–mental health comorbidity, is an important issue in mid-life years. Planned health checks in general practice of middle-aged adults have been demonstrated to improve the management of smoking, nutrition, alcohol and physical activity (SNAP) behavioural risk factors, screening for bowel cancer and hyperlipidaemia (high cholesterol).
Fortunately, there are important Medicare-covered consultations available for men of all ages, such as:
- Men’s full health check (45 – 49 years old)
- Bowel cancer screening (Anyone 50-74 years old)
- Prostate cancer screening (Men 50+ years old)
- Cholesterol test (Everyone 20+ years old)
- Eye test (Everyone)
- Genetic screening (Everyone whose close family has a history of genetic disease)
- Hearing test
Consultations can include: Blood pressure, bone density, diabetes risk assessment, heart health checks, immunisations, injury management, mental health, obesity and health screening
Consultations are conducted in a confidential and private consulting room.
Our doctors conduct preventative health checks and provide education to suit each patient’s individual needs.
So if you haven’t seen a GP in a year, please don’t keep putting it off. Do yourself a favour and see a Doctor today for a general health check up!
At CHC Medical, we strive for practical communication, systematisation and teamwork to allow our doctors to coordinate the best care for you. We have a comprehensive referral network of Specialist and Allied Health Professionals to assist with your coordinated care, with a range of providers available.