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Changes to the Healthy Kids Check: will we get it right?

Med J Aust 2013; 198 (9): 475-477. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11455

Are we at risk of over-medicalising and under-researching?

In 2011, the Australian Government announced plans to change the voluntary Healthy Kids Check (HKCheck) during 2012–2013,1 by lowering the age of screening to children aged 3 years and incorporating elements of social and emotional wellbeing. The HKCheck will be conducted by general practitioners, practice nurses and Aboriginal health workers, and will cost about $11 million over 5 years.2

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  • Michael F Daubney1
  • Cate M Cameron2
  • Paul A Scuffham3

  • School of Medicine, Griffith University – Logan Campus, Brisbane, QLD.


Acknowledgements: 

We wish to acknowledge Dr James Scott for his assistance in the preparation of this article.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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