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HomeYour HealthManaging Your HealthDr KrishanThe Dixie and Dr Krishan Podcast: Episode 2 - Deep dive into annual health checks (715 health checks)The Dixie and Dr Krishan Podcast

Episode 2 - Deep dive into annual health checks (715 health checks)

Published: August 01, 2023
Authored by Dr. Krishan

In an era where information is readily available at our fingertips, staying informed about healthcare choices has become increasingly important. Dixie Crawford and Dr. Krishan have joined forces to host an engaging 6-part podcast series to talk all things healthcare, wellbeing and wellness.

Check out the episode to hear their conversation on the 715 health check. Information provided in this episode is intended as a guide only and does not replace advice provided by your healthcare professional.

Get to know your hosts:

Dixie CrawfordDixie is a proud Barkindji woman from Brewarrina (in north-west NSW, Australia) lives on Ngunnawal country.  She is the Founder and Managing Director of First Nations community engagement consultancy, Nganya.Dr. Krishan ThiruDr. Krishan is a proud dad, husband, and soccer coach at his children’s local primary school. He has a background in hospital medicine and community health, with experience in general practice and working with Aboriginal communities. Dr. Krishan is passionate about patient-centered care and empowering individuals to take control of their health. He is also the Medical Director for Pfizer Australia and New Zealand.

These podcasts are frank and open conversations indented to help inform and empower First Nations people and the community with facts and information about everyday health concerns, like how to talk to your doctor about your health questions, and the health checks we need at every stage of life.

In this episode, Dr. Krishan and Dixie Crawford talk about how important it is for First Nations people to have yearly health checks, also called 715 (seven one five) checks. They talk about how important it is to get preventive care and build a long-term connection with a doctor. The health checks look at many different parts of the body and can help find signs of long-term illnesses early on. Preparation is very important, and patients are encouraged to write down any worries or symptoms they want to talk about during the meeting. It's important to give yourself enough time for a full check up. The health check should take under an hour. The meeting is a chance to get to know the healthcare provider and decide if they are a good fit for long-term care. Some GP offices (bulk billing clinics) and the Aboriginal Medical Services offer these free health checks.

Key Takeaways:

  • Annual health checks, or 715 (seven one five) checks, are important for preventive healthcare and early detection of chronic illnesses.

  • Patients should prepare for the appointment by making a list of any concerns or symptoms they want to discuss.

  • The duration of the health check can vary, but it is important to allocate enough time for a thorough examination.

  • The appointment provides an opportunity to build a relationship with the healthcare provider and assess their suitability for ongoing care.

  • Aboriginal Medical Services and some GP offices (bulk billing clinics) offer these health checks for free.

“The better you prepare for your doctor’s appointment, the more you will get out of it”

Dr. Krishan Thiru

External Resources

- Check out a short video from the Australian Government’s annual health check for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- Dive into the Australian Government’s resource collection

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