Web app for consumers to assess chronic disease risk

Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local (MNBML) has launched a free online tool that allows consumers to complete a simple health assessment to identify their risk for developing chronic diseases such as heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes.

Funded by the National Preventative Health Agency, the Health Navigator website uses clinically validated information for its 10-minute test but MNBML emphasised that it is not medical advice and people who feel unwell should contact their doctor.

The site also contains links to local doctors – restricted to Queensland at present – information on how to find local lifestyle programs and actions consumers can take to reduce the risk of developing chronic disease.

MNBML chief operations officer Shelley Kleinhans said the questions for the health assessment have been based on the latest clinical evidence and validated by the National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance.

“You will get the most accurate feedback if you can provide your height and weight, waist circumference, blood pressure and cholesterol readings, although the last two can be estimated,” Ms Kleinhans said in a statement.

“On completion, you will receive a personalised report with your results and information about a range of recommended local health services.

“You can give a copy of your report to your doctor, if you wish. But it’s important to note that Health Navigator not designed to replace your usual medical care or the recommendations of your doctor.”

The site has been developed in association with the Heart Foundation, Stroke Foundation, Diabetes Australia, Kidney Health Australia and the George Institute for Global Health.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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