Free health checks for rural men in Wagga

Saving lives: Wollundary Rotarian John Egan says a Men’s Health Education Rural Van, providing free checks, might just save a rural man before Christmas.
Saving lives: Wollundary Rotarian John Egan says a Men’s Health Education Rural Van, providing free checks, might just save a rural man before Christmas.

We need to keep rural men alive but a “she’ll be right” attitude and a reluctance to see a doctor is making this difficult, according to Wagga’s Rotarians. 

Enter Mherv. 

Mherv – the Men’s Health Education Rural Van – is preparing to roll in to Wagga, providing free health checks to rural men of all ages.

The purpose-built caravan has two consulting rooms and a full time registered nurse – Nicole Page.

Ms Page’s health check includes a review of blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels.

A comprehensive discussion about men's health issues follows this review.

The van will be hosted in Wagga by Wollundry Rotary. 

Member John Egan said men could “just drop in and have these tests done”. 

“It’s totally anonymous and they don’t have to make an appointment,” Mr Egan said. “They can just rock up and after 15 minutes they’ve had a really good run.”

Chairman of Australian Rotary Health Mr Egan said the project was about getting blokes to go to the doctor. 

“It makes it easy to have the tests done that they should have done,” he said. “It makes it simple.”

Mherv will be in Wagga at Bunnings on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 14 and 15 from 10am to 4pm.

The main aim of the Royal Freemasons' Benevolent Institution and NSW Government supported project is to increase and promote the awareness of men's health, making the process as simple as possible.