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40 - 49 Year Old Type 2 Diabetes Risk Evaluation

A type 2 diabetes risk evaluation for people aged 40-49 years with a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes


The aim of the type 2 diabetes risk evaluation is to support medical practitioners to address the health needs of patients 40 to 49 years of age who are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The type 2 diabetes risk evaluation is a review of the risk factors underlying a patient’s ‘high risk’ score as identified by the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool.

It includes initiating interventions, such as referral to lifestyle modification programs, to assist with the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

Eligibility

Eligible patients must be aged 40 to 49 years (inclusive) or 15 to 54 years (inclusive) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait  Islander people, and at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes as determined by the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool.

Patients with newly diagnosed or existing diabetes are not eligible for this evaluation.
A Medicare rebate is payable for each eligible patient once every three years. The rebate is not payable in conjunction with another attendance item on the same day, except where it is clinically required. 

Components of the health assessment provided as a type 2 diabetes risk evaluation

The type 2 diabetes risk evaluation includes:
  • evaluating your risk as determined by the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool, which has been completed by the patient within a period of 3 months prior to undertaking the type 2 diabetes risk evaluation;
  • updating your history and undertaking physical examinations and clinical investigations in accordance with relevant guidelines;
  • making an overall assessment of your  risk factors and of the results of relevant examinations and investigations;
  • initiating interventions, if appropriate, including referral to a diabetes educator,  lifestyle modification program and/or follow-up relating to the management of any risk factors identified; and
  • providing you with advice and information (such as the Lifescripts resources produced by the Department of Health and Ageing available at the Department's Lifescripts page), including strategies to achieve lifestyle and behaviour changes if appropriate.

Risk Factors

Risk factors include the following:
  • lifestyle risk factors, such as smoking, physical inactivity and poor nutrition;
  • biomedical risk factors, such as high blood pressure, impaired glucose metabolism and excess weight; and
  • a family history of a chronic disease.