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A Health Assessment for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child (less than 15 years of age)

An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health assessment must include:

  1. a personal attendance by a general practitioner;
  2. taking the patient's medical history, including the following:
    1. mother's pregnancy history;
    2. birth and neo-natal history:
    3. breastfeeding history;
    4. weaning, food access and dietary history;
    5. physical activity;
    6. previous presentations, hospital admissions and medication usage;
    7. relevant family medical history;
    8. immunisation status;
    9. vision and hearing (including neonatal hearing screening);
    10. development (including achievement of age appropriate milestones);
    11. family relationships, social circumstances and whether the person is cared for by another person;
    12. exposure to environmental factors (including tobacco smoke);
    13. environmental and living conditions;
    14. educational progress;
    15. stressful life events;
    16. mood (including incidence of depression and risk of self-harm);
    17. substance use;
    18. sexual and reproductive health; and
    19. dental hygiene (including access to dental services).
  3. examination of the patient, including the following:
    1. measurement of height and weight to calculate body mass index and position on the growth curve;
    2. newborn baby check (if not previously completed);
    3. vision (including red reflex in a newborn);
    4. ear examination (including otoscopy);
    5. oral examination (including gums and dentition);
    6. trachoma check, if indicated;
    7. skin examination, if indicated;
    8. respiratory examination, if indicated;
    9. cardiac auscultation, if indicated;
    10. development assessment, if indicated, to determine whether age appropriate milestones have been achieved;
    11. assessment of parent and child interaction, if indicated; and
    12. other examinations in accordance with national or regional guidelines or specific regional needs, or as indicated by a previous child health assessment.
  4. undertaking or arranging any required investigation, considering the need for the following tests, in particular:
    1. haemoglobin testing for those at a high risk of anaemia; and
    2. audiometry, if required, especially for those of school age
  5. assessing the patient using the information gained in the child health check; and
  6. making or arranging any necessary interventions and referrals, and documenting a simple strategy for the good health of the patient.

Related Items: 715

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715 - Additional Information

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Professional attendance by a general practitioner at consulting rooms or in another place other than a hospital or residential aged care facility, for a health assessment of a patient who is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent-not more than once in a 9 month period

Fee: $233.65 Benefit: 100% = $233.65

(See para AN.0.43, AN.0.44, AN.0.45, AN.0.46 of explanatory notes to this Category)


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