Healthwatch

Healthwatch is a free and confidential health check that aims to identify risk factors that may increase ones likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in Australia, killing one Australian every twelve minutes. It affects one in six Australians and prevents 1.4 million people from living a full life because of the impediments caused by the disease. Those living in remote areas have the highest rate of hospitalisation and death resulting from CVD in Australia. In most cases, CVD can be prevented by adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle.

 

 
Increasing health awareness

The program aims to:

> Provide the opportunity for individuals to gain a better understanding of their health behaviours

> Provide participants with information relating to the normative values of each test

> Present information on the health and wellbeing initiatives that are available to all volunteers and staff.

 
Tests conducted

The Health checks are comprised of four testing stations:

> Height, weight, and waist circumference

> Blood pressure

> Finger prick blood sampling testing for glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides

> HT Online lifestyle questionnaire on iPads and the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool (AUSDRisk): questions relate to eating habits, physical activity, alcohol consumption, smoking, and family history (it is not necessary to do either of these questionnaires prior to Healthwatch).

 
Results and follow up

Detailed Healthwatch results are confidential and accessible only to the participant via the password protected Heart Track Online system.  At the completion of the Healthwatch assessment session, the facilitator will provide a general summary of risks identified as well as introducing health and wellbeing initiatives which members and their families can participate in to improve their health results.

 
Participant instructions

In order for an accurate measurement, we ask that you:

> Fast for at least five hours prior to the assessment

> Ensure that you keep well hydrated by drinking water regularly during the fasting period

> Do not fast if you are pregnant, diabetic or have a health condition that might be affected by fasting

> Avoid alcohol and smoking before the assessment

> Members who are 17 years will need written permission from a parent/carer to participate

> Members less than 17 years will not be blood tested, but can participate in all other tests, with written permission from a parent/carer.

 
Book your unit in for a Healthwatch session today!

Head to the VICSES Healthwatch booking page to request a Healthwatch date for your unit. For additional information or queries, please contact Olivia or Judy, your Health and Wellbeing team. If you would also like to book a Building the team for resilience workshop or a Preventing type 2 diabetes presentation, please write us a note within the booking form.

 

Additional Resources

Tips for Healthy Catering

More on Cholesterol

More on Hypertension

Heart Foundation: Data and statistics

DiabetesAustralia Victoria: About diabetes