New national guide to the preventative health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have jointly produced the third edition of the National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (National Guide).

The National Guide is a practical resource intended for all health professionals delivering primary healthcare to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples. Its purpose is to provide health professionals with an accessible, user friendly guide to best practice in preventive healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

This edition:

  • equips primary healthcare providers and their teams with a comprehensive and concise set of recommendations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, with additional information about tailoring advice depending on risk and need
  • advises on activities that can help prevent disease, detect early and unrecognised disease, and promote health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, while allowing for local and regional variations
  • encourages clinicians to consider the social determinants of health when providing preventive healthcare
  • includes the following new topics and features:
    • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
    • Preventing child maltreatment – supporting families to optimise child safety and wellbeing
    • Family abuse and violence
    • Prevention of lung cancer
    • Young person lifecycle summary wall chart

For further information, or to download the National Guide or other supporting documentation, please visit: