Removal of the Healthy Kids Check from the Medicare Benefits Schedule
From 1 November 2015, the Healthy Kids Checks ceased to be an eligible MBS health assessment service.
Healthy Kids Checks provided on a GP’s behalf by a practice nurse or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner under MBS item 10986 also ceased and MBS item 10986 has been removed from the Schedule.
GPs may continue to provide health assessment services to children of all ages using existing MBS time-tiered general attendance items.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children continue to have access to health assessment services under item MBS 715.
Children may still receive health assessments in state and territory - funded Infant Health Clinics.
Healthy Start for School Program
From 1 July 2018, Family Tax Benefit Part A supplements are no longer impacted by this program. It now impacts a customer’s fortnightly rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A where health check requirements are not met. For further information on the changes made please visit the Department of Human Services website
A medical practitioner can utilise an MBS health assessment item to undertake a more comprehensive assessment of a patient with complex care needs. Health assessments also permit the needs of specific groups (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, refugees and aged care residents) to be addressed in a targeted and culturally appropriate manner.
The following resource kits contain information for medical practitioners, practice nurses and registered Aboriginal health workers concerning the MBS health assessment items.