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The Well Person's Health Check: a population screening program in indigenous communities in north Queensland

Geoffrey Miller, Robyn McDermott, Brad McCulloch, Dympna Leonard, Kerry Arabena and Reinhol Muller

Australian Health Review 25(6) 136 - 147
Published: 2002


The National Indigenous Australians Sexual Health Strategy 1996-97 to 1998-99 provided the impetus and resources to assess the health of the large population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in rural and remote communities in northern Queensland, Australia. This paper describes the development, implementation and results of a community based screening program designed to detect and treat sexually transmissible infections and a range of non-communicable conditions and attendant risk factors. The Well Person's Health Check, conducted between March 1998 and December 2000,demonstrated a high prevalence of largely preventable health problems and initiated the development of a sustainable early detection strategy for the region.

© AHHA 2002

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