Woolworths ‘health check’ scheme slammed

AMA president Associate Professor Brian Owler said the supermarket giant should drop a scheme to have graduating pharmacists and entry-level nurses conduct blood pressure and cholesterol tests for shoppers.

Professor Owler said the checks would encourage shoppers to think they could skip seeing their doctor.

“This is a dangerous idea that must be stopped before it gets off the ground,” he said.

The scheme was revealed through job ads placed last week on the Seek website calling for nurses, new pharmacy graduates and final-year pharmacy students to perform health tests and engage in “general health discussions” in a large retailer.

George Tambassis, president of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, denounced the move as an attempt to “hoodwink” customers into believing they could get professional pharmacist advice and products from a supermarket.

"The large supermarkets have no genuine interest in