Blokes tak­ing charge of their health

Com­mu­nity nurses present in­ter­est­ing, in­for­ma­tive night

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

A MEN’S Health Night at the Biggenden Bowls Club was sup­ported by the male pop­u­la­tion of the Biggenden and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

Or­gan­ised by the Biggenden MPHS Com­mu­nity Nurses Leti­tia Miss­ing­ham and Sue Fowler, the night was full of in­for­ma­tion from var­i­ous pre­sen­ters per­tain­ing to im­pacts on men’s health.

There were talks on sleep, prostate health, men­tal health and al­co­hol.

Ms Miss­ing­ham said the aim of the night was to bring to light the life ex­pectancy dis­crep­ancy be­tween men and women and why that might be the case.

The pre­sen­ters spoke about a wide va­ri­ety of top­ics cov­er­ing how to get a good sleep and the im­por­tance of hav­ing reg­u­lar check-ups with your doc­tor for blood pres­sure and prostate.

Also cov­ered was be­ing aware of men­tal health and good con­tact points such as Coun­try Call­back, and be­ing aware of what is classed as a stan­dard drink.

Ms Miss­ing­ham said the night was also an at­tempt to break down bar­ri­ers pre­vent­ing men from seek­ing med­i­cal ad­vice or help when they knew some­thing wasn’t right with their health.

The evening was well at­tended and the in­for­ma­tion was well re­ceived with com­ments such as “very in­for­ma­tive” and “in­ter­est­ing guest speaker top­ics”.

The Biggenden MPHS Com­mu­nity Nurses would like to thank the Biggenden Bowls Club for the use of its venue and Biggenden Butchers and the Biggenden Bak­ery for their do­na­tions for the evening.

Leti­tia Miss­ing­ham The night was also an at­tempt to break down bar­ri­ers

Com­mu­nity nurses Leti­tia Miss­ing­ham, Sue Fowler, Biggenden MPHS Don Heather MacKel­lar and Ken Young at the men’s health night at Biggenden.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

PUTTING HEALTH FIRST: Oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist Thomas Hen­nessy, ATODS Chris Dun­can, North Bur­nett Prostate Can­cer Sup­port Group’s Russ Tyler, Alan Fowler and Don Proc­tor at the the Biggenden men’s health night.

Ian Framp­ton, Cr Robbie Radel, Tyler and Con­rad Hether­ing­ton at the men’s health night.

Men from across the re­gion took ad­van­tage of the in­for­ma­tion of­fered at the health night.

This group found the men’s health night very in­for­ma­tive.

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