What can often be last on your to-do list, getting regular medical check-ups

should certainly be prioritised. It's a good idea to visit your doctor regularly, even

if you feel healthy. The purpose of these visits can be to check for current, or

emerging medical problems, assess your risk of future medical issues or prompt

you to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We've provided a list below of medical

check-ups or appointments you should be booking in for.

Please note that in Australia, most of these are covered by Medicare but if you're on an international visitor or student visa you'll need to check with your insurance provider as to what costs are covered.

Vaccinations

No doubt you're fully aware of the current advice around COVID-19 vaccinations, but don't forget about the flu! It's recommended that everyone gets vaccinated against the influenza virus, as vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalisation and is an important preventive tool for people with certain chronic health conditions. You can book an appointment through your doctor to get vaccinated - when you make the booking just check the timing between vaccinations if you've also recently had a COVID-19 booster.

Baseline blood tests

Bloodline blood tests help to measure important minerals and vitamins which are

integral for good health. Individuals can identify whether their diet is sufficient,

liver and thyroid function, bodily inflammation, and any alerts which may suggest

further investigation. These tests are recommended yearly and can be requested

through your doctor.

Sexual health checks

If you’re sexually active, it’s important to keep an eye on your sexual health. The

best way to do this is by having regular sexual health checks at least every six

months from your doctor or a sexual health nurse. Make an appointment even if

you feel nervous about it. Just remember that doctors and nurses talk about this

kind of stuff all day, every day. You can read more about getting a sexual health

check here.

Skin Cancer Screening

Make sure you get your skin checked regularly and make an appointment with

your GP, especially if you notice any changes to your skin that concern you. For

more information visit Cancer Council Australia or visit Melanoma New Zealand.

The National Cervical Screening Program

The program promotes routine screening with a Cervical Screening Test every five

years for women between the ages of 25 and 74 years. For information about the

Cervical Screening Test, go to the National Cervical Screening Program. For more

information on New Zealand's Cervical Screening program, visit Time to Screen.

BreastScreen Australia

Breast self-exam, or regularly examining your breasts on your own, can be an

important way to find breast cancer early. Screening is also vital in helping to

detect breast cancer early. BreastScreen Australia targets women aged 50-74,

although women aged 40-49 and 75 years and older are also able to be screened. For more information visit BreastScreen Australia. BreastScreen

Aotearoa is New Zealand’s free national breast screening programme for women

aged between 45 and 69. For more information visit Time to Screen.

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) invites eligible people

starting at age 50 and continuing to age 74 (without symptoms) to screen for bowel cancer using a free, simple test at home. For more information regarding

screening for bowel cancer, speak to your doctor, or call the Cancer Helpline on

13 11 20, or visit the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program website. In New

Zealand their National Bowel Screening Program is free for people aged 60 to 74

years. For more information visit Time to Screen.

Prostate Cancer Screening

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian men after

skin cancer. About 17,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.

There are specific tests that can be taken to show whether there might be a

problem with the prostate gland. You can find more information here if you're in

Australia or here if you are currently residing in New Zealand.

Cardiovascular check-ups

Heart health checks are vital for understanding your risk of a stroke or heart

attack. 1.4 million Australians are at risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the

next 5 years, most being unaware of the fact. For this reason, if you’re 45 and

over, or 30 and over if you’re of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, you

should book an appointment for your check-up today.

Fertility Screening

Planning to have a baby? A fertility screening can detect any abnormalities prior

to falling pregnant. There are lots of clinics available to get tested, however if you

are feeling overwhelmed, the nurses at Sonder can help you make a doctor's

appointment to begin the process.


If you have any questions or concerns, contact your doctor or our Sonder team

can help provide support and information. Simply start a chat with us via the home screen of the Sonder app.

Information sourced from: Reach Out, CDC and Better Health

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All content is created and published for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Always seek the guidance of a qualified health professional.

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