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The experience of the Well Person’s Health Check in the Far West Area Health Service Volume 12 Issue 6

Lisa Jackson, Darren Mayne, Hugh Burke

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 12(6) 152 - 155 Published: 2001

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Lisa Jackson

Darren Mayne

Hugh Burke


The Far West Area Health Service (FWAHS) sought to
develop a new, or implement a modified, community
screening methodology to assist in assessing the health
needs of remote Aboriginal communities living within its
area. Following a review of the literature, it was decided
to examine the North Queensland Well Person’s Health
Check, which is run in collaboration between the Tropical
Public Health Unit (TPHU) in Cairns and the Apunipima
Cape York Health Council, a community-controlled
indigenous health organisation in Far Northern
Queensland. This article describes the process by which
the FWAHS adopted its own Far West Well Person’s Health
Check (Far West WPHC).