Ken Odowd

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4% Obstetrics, including pregnant mothers, new mothers, and young children
10% Orthopaedic patients including fractures and joint replacement
13% other medical problems
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19% other causes of Anaemia
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Ken Odowd

As we get older, many of us become more vulnerable to illness. The federal government has recognised this and has introduced a new health check for everyone aged between 45 and 49 who may be at risk of developing a health complaint, like diabetes or heart problems.

The aim of the health check is to help find, prevent or lessen the effect of disease – it is better to avoid disease than to treat it. This health check will give us the opportunity to look at your lifestyle and medical/family history to find out if you are at risk.

 The health check would involve:

  • updating your medical history and looking at your health issues
  • doing tests (such as blood pressure tests), if required
  • follow up of any problems identified
  • advice and information, for example on how to make lifestyle changes to improve your health

If you are within the age range for the health check. If you also have a ‘risk factor’, meaning anything that increases your chance of developing a disease, then you are entitled to a health check. Risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Extra weight
  • Poor diet
  • High cholesterol
  • Family history of disease (eg. cancer)
  • Smoking

If you want to organise your Free health check contacts Gladstone Central Medical Centre.


Ken recently helped host a Prostate Cancer awareness forum with the Callide Valley Men’s Shed. Ken brought a group of speakers including current and cured cancer sufferers, as well as the CEO of Prostate Cancer Australia, Anthony Lowe.

ken odowdThose who attended enjoyed candid, honest information about how to identify and how to live with prostate cancer. The most important thing, according to all speakers, is to regularly test your PSA.

Men should get their PSA tested annually once they reach 50 years of age, or once they reach 40 if they have a family history of prostate cancer.