Men’s health is in the spot­light

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - Sue Har­ris

A HAPPY group of Eidsvold men and health pro­fes­sion­als gath­ered re­cently to dis­cuss health-re­lated is­sues and qual­ity of life.

Many men took ad­van­tage of the re­laxed at­mos­phere and ap­proach­able ad­vi­sors to ask ques­tions about is­sues of con­cern.

Present to help were di­eti­cians, com­mu­nity nurses, a speech pathol­o­gist, phys­io­ther­a­pist, hear­ing ad­vi­sor, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist, coun­sel­lor and in­dige­nous health work­ers.

Af­ter shar­ing a healthy meal to­gether, the dis­cus­sions con­tin­ued and no one was in a hurry to leave.

The af­ter­noon was or­gan­ised by Gayn­dah clin­i­cal nurse Chris Dun­can who was happy with the at­ten­dance and how will­ingly at­ten­dees ap­proached the health pro­fes­sion­als and paid heed to the ad­vice given.

“It was good to see some young lads at­tend too,” Mr Dun­can said.

“The speech pathol­o­gist Re­nee Harper was able to teach them the FAST test which may one day save the life of an older mem­ber of their com­mu­nity.”

The test in­volves ask­ing three sim­ple ques­tions:

Face: Check to see if the pa­tient’s mouth has drooped?

Arm: Can the per­son lift both arms?

Speech: Is their speech slurred? Do they un­der­stand you?

Time is crit­i­cal. If you see any of those signs, phone 000 im­me­di­ately.

Photo: Sue Har­ris

MEN’S HEALTH DAY: Eidsvold men take ad­van­tage of the ser­vices of­fered by sev­eral vis­it­ing health pro­fes­sion­als.

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