Make an annual appointment with your GP

Men have specific health needs that require attention at various points throughout their lifetime. Men’s health checks involve the prevention and early detection of common medical conditions.

Prostate Checks

The cause of prostate cancer is not known and there is no single, simple test to detect prostate cancer. Speak with your GP about undertaking to screen for Prostate cancer as this will ensure you receive all relevant information to assist you to make informed decisions about if or when you should commence regular Prostate screening.

Blood Pressure checks

Blood pressure is the pressure of your blood on the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps it around your body. It’s a vital part of how your heart and circulation works. Your blood pressure naturally goes up and down all the time, adjusting to your heart’s needs depending on what you are doing. High blood pressure is when your blood pressure is persistently higher than normal.

A blood pressure reading under 120/80mmHg is considered optimal. Readings over 120/80mmHg and up to 139/89mmHg are in the normal to a high normal range. Blood pressure that’s high for a long time is one of the main risk factors for heart disease. As you get older, the chances of having persistently high blood pressure increases. It’s very important to get your blood pressure checked regularly, and if it’s persistently high it needs to be controlled.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to a heart attack or stroke. It may also affect your kidneys.

Sexual Health

Nearly one in two Australian men have experienced sexual difficulty.  Healthy sexuality depends on good mental and physical functioning. There can be many challenges that affect sexual functioning, which may include anxiety, depression, fertility issues, illness, disease, aging and disability.

However, learning to adapt to these challenges is very important in maintaining a positive view of sexuality. Sexual dysfunction can be an early marker of another disease; therefore, a medical check-up is often very important.

Sexually transmitted infections include chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea, genital warts, genital herpes, thrush as well as HIV and hepatitis. Even if there are no signs and symptoms they can still develop complications or pass on the infection to others. Often the only way to know whether you have an STI is to get tested.

If you suspect that you have a sexually transmitted infection you should avoid sexual intercourse or any sexual activity completely until advised by your GP.

Mental Health

Tristar Medical Group practices employ a combination of allied health professionals to provide support with mental health. These include credentialed mental health nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists.

Our teams are able to help with diagnosing and treating all forms of mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, bipolar and other mental health conditions. Treatments available include psychotherapy, counselling and pharmacological interventions, psychometric testing is also available in some locations.

Where face-to-face appointments with allied health professionals are not available, Tristar can offer Telehealth services. Our GPs are also qualified to deliver mental health treatment plans; if you are concerned about your mental health, speak to your GP today.

With a mental health treatment plan, your GP can refer you to up to 10 Medicare rebated allied health mental health services per the calendar year and/or a currently uncapped number of Mental Health Nurse consultations under the government-funded Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program.

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