Stawell residents are invited to particpate in a new program at the Stawell Medical Centre.
Aimed at residents aged 45-49, the new risk prevention program includes a full health screening to detect any underlying or developing health issues.
Discussion around life choices such as exercise and diet will follow as well as follow up appointments with a General Practitioner and a wellness coach if necessary.
"Having a good understanding of health and risk factors as we age can prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart or lung disease in coming years," Stawell Medical Centre registered nurse Vicki Ottrey said.
"Screening tells us about our risks as we age. Understanding those risks may influence life decisions which can dramatically change health outcomes in later life.'
After identifying the importance of screening, Stawell Medical Centre chose to participate in the Australian Practice Nurse Association and Primary Health Network project.
The program is fully funded by Medicare including the screening so there will be no cost to the patient.
'It can be hard for active people in their 40's to imagine a future with chronic illness, but we often see people who would have made different choices had they known their risks," Ms Ottrey said.
Residents wanting to know more about the project can contact Vicki Ottrey at Stawell Medical Centre on 53581410.
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