Baby steps to preventive health

As a GP in electorally fashionable Western Sydney, Dr Adrian Sheen could be a poster practitioner for the federal government’s new-look Healthy Kids Check. The only problem is he doesn’t see the point.

In fact, he thinks the expanded model — with an added mental health component and the target age lowered from four to 3.5 years, and with the check now a precondition of receiving Family Tax Benefit A — is just another symptom of the decline of family medicine, an artificial replacement for a