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Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice

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Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice

by Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Book
Year 2012
City East Melbourne
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Number of pages 138
Edition 8th
Isbn 9780869063446

Adapted from Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice

This book (known as the red book) is a guide for health practitioners on how to deliver preventive healthcare in Australian general practice. Preventive healthcare is a way of providing healthcare that focuses on illness prevention, early disease detection, and health promotion and maintenance.

The recommendations in the red book have been developed by a group of general practitioners (GPs) and experts, and are based on current, evidence-based guidelines for preventive activities. The red book covers a range of health topics, such as:

  • communicable diseases and immunisation
  • chronic diseases and risk factors
  • cancer detection
  • psychosocial issues
  • oral health.

The red book has been in publication since 1989. Its companion publication, the National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (2nd edition), is for all health professionals delivering primary healthcare to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

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