Health checks


You should have a blood pressure test every two years up to age 50, and every year over 50...

Know your numbers

You should have a blood pressure test every two years up to age 50, and every year over 50... Find out more →

A Pap smear is a quick and simple test to check for changes in cells of the cervix (opening to the womb) that could lead to cervical cancer.

Pap smear tests

A Pap smear is a quick and simple test to check for changes in cells of the cervix (opening to the womb) that could lead to cervical cancer. Find out more →

Health checks at midlife

The Australian government offers a free '45-49 year old health check' for those at risk of developing a chronic disease. Find out more →

Updates:

The Australian Government's Department of Health has advised that on 1 December 2017, the Pap test is going to be replaced with a more accurate test called the Cervical Screening Test. Here you'll find what you need to know (PDF).

It is not always easy to make decisions about what is best for your health. The internet and media are full of information about health problems, diseases, research findings, what we should and shouldn't eat, drink and do. How do you know if the information is reliable or accurate? How do you know if your blood pressure is too high, too low, your cholesterol is within a healthy range, whether you should have a blood sugar test, a pap smear test or immunisation review? Knowing the numbers of key health measures can help you to know if you need to make some changes for the benefit of your current and future health. 


Making decisions about your health

It is not always easy to make decisions about what is best for your health. The internet is full of information about health problems, diseases and illness but how do you know if the information is reliable or accurate? The different ways to find advice, questions to ask about whether a website is reliable and choosing a health professional are all discussed.

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Understanding research

The media is full of results from research studies and how the findings might affect our health and wellbeing. Understanding about the different types of research, clinical trials and evidence, and the ways that researchers come to their conclusions, can be helpful in making decisions about our own health. 

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Know your numbers

How do you know if your blood pressure is too high, too low, your cholesterol is within a healthy range or whether you are actually overweight? Knowing the numbers of key health measures can help you to know if you need to make some changes for the benefit of your current and future health.

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Breast checks

Being familiar with the look and feel of your breasts makes it easier to notice when any changes occur. What to do, what to look for when you conduct a breast check and when to have a mammogram is important for every woman to know.

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Pap smear test

The Australian Government's Department of Health has advised that on 1 December 2017, the Pap test is going to be replaced with a more accurate test called the Cervical Screening Test. Below you will find information relating to the current tests. Read about the upcoming changes to Pap tests here (PDF).

Pap smear tests are used to check for cervical cancer. Understanding what a Pap smear test is, where to get one, what to expect and when you should have one are all discussed.

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Women under 20

Regular health checks and screenings, in combination with a healthy diet and regular physical activity, can assist in the prevention of disease or illness. Recommendations are made for how often you should have a blood pressure, cholesterol, Pap smear, skin and immunisation review.

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Women 20-40

Regular health checks and screenings, in combination with a healthy diet and regular physical activity, can assist in the prevention of disease or illness. Recommendations are made for how often you should have a blood pressure, cholesterol, Pap smear, blood sugar, breast, skin and immunisation review.

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Women 40-60

Regular health checks and screenings, in combination with a healthy diet and regular physical activity, can assist in the prevention of disease or illness. Recommendations are made for how often you should have a blood pressure, cholesterol, Pap smear, blood sugar, breast, skin and immunisation review.

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Women over 60

Regular health checks and screenings, in combination with a healthy diet and regular physical activity, can assist in the prevention and detection of disease or illness. Recommendations are made for how often you should have a blood pressure, cholesterol, Pap smear, blood sugar, breast, skin and immunisation review.

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