The 4yo check is compulsory if you receive ftb. It, however is mostly up to you doctor to send a reminder for this. Best book in before the end of the financial year if you haven't had it done.
We see loads of kids for this at work, It should be completely bulk billed.
They do them at our kindy for free - a nurse conducts then.
The do basic milestone things like other posters have mentioned but also test hearing and vision - I don't understand why you would object?
The purpose is to identify possible problems before children start school - to me this is a fantastic idea so kids have the best start to school and aren't going to fall behind if there are issues that could have been picked up and addressed prior to commencing
It's ok, each to their own...and we will probably just do it, just making conversation as I saidI don't understand why you would object?
You can object, you have to write a letter to centrelink stating why etc, the sam as objecting to vacc. Not worth the effort if you ask me!!
Does it have to be a doctor that does it to qualify for Centrelink or can the child health centre nurse do it? I think our local child health nurse does a check at 4 years old. Well, there is a spot in my son's health record book for it anyway.
Hmm i have never heard of it, i best look into it and get it done for DD..
I think it is a fairly new thing as my oldest 2 didn't have it. We have just done it for DD3, it was bulk billed so no out of pocket expense. I didn't have any concerns but as it was offered I figured why not? It was done with the practice nurse, she asked a lot of questions and took a urine sample, checked her eyes, height, weight etc.
I had absolutely no concerns at all however when she did the eye test DD's right eye wasn't too good and they have just recommended we make an appt to get her eyes checked by an optometrist (also bulk billed). Am glad we did it because I wasn't worried about her eyes at all and if there is a problem would much rather find out now than in a few years time when she could have possibly been struggling at school.
It is completely non-invasive and doesn't cost anything so if you have access to it I would go for it!
Did ours last week. Ds got his 4 year old immunizations at the same appointment. They checked things like:
- eye sight,
- fine motor skills,
- co-ordination (hoping on 1 foot etc)
- what he eats etc
- height and weight
I thought it was rather over the top tbh as you only need to look at him and speak to him and know everything was good. But I understand why they do it aswell.
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