Too often we hear of men dying suddenly – in the paddock, at work, in the back yard – because nobody saw it coming.
The Men’s Health Education Rural Van (MHERV) aims to change that, by providing simple, free health tests for men across rural and regional NSW.
Described as a rural life-saver in a purpose-built caravan, MHERV will start its 2017/18 tour in Cessnock and Kurri Kurri next week.
A Rotary initiative, MHERV has been visiting rural centres since 2008.
MHERV is supported by the Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution (RFBI), which has provided funds for the registered nurse who will join the project to conduct the tests.
The dedicated MHERV nurse will be assisted by community nurses whenever possible, so the two consulting rooms in the van can be used at the same time.
Cessnock Rotary Club president Graham Farish said the club was proud to cooperate with Kurri Rotary Club (led by Paul Hughes) on this project.
“Rotarians are often seen raising money with barbecues, raffles and other events, but people rarely see where that money is being spent,” Mr Farish said.
“Rotary will be doing these health tests without charge, it’s a community project. Already on previous outings MHERV has saved lives.
“So if you’re one of those blokes who hasn’t seen your GP for a checkup in ages, man-up and get checked for free.”
A check-in at MHERV is a five-minute, non-invasive group of tests: blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. Participants will also be given a take-home bowel cancer testing kit.
MHERV will be at the Cessnock Leagues Club carpark on August 24 and 25 and the former Kurri Workers Club carpark on August 27 and 28, from 9am to 5pm.