Changes to the Healthy Kids Check and MBS items

Healthy Kids Check:

From 1 November 2015, Healthy Kids Checks provided by general practitioners (GPs) using the MBS health assessment items will no longer be available.

Healthy Kids Checks provided on a GPā€™s behalf by a practice nurse or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner under MBS item 10986 will cease, and item 10986 will be removed from the MBS.

A GP may continue to provide a health assessment service for a patient, including a child, using existing MBS time-tiered general attendance items.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will continue to have access to health assessment services under item 715, which can be provided every nine months and is more comprehensive than the Healthy Kids Check.

Children will still be able to receive health assessments in state and territory ā€“ funded Infant Health clinics. The Healthy Kids Check duplicates services provided by state and territory governments.