Taree men get health checks at Rotary Men's Health Education Rural Van

Men at MHERV: Robert Wooley (seated) signs up for a health check. Piictured with Rotarian Max Carey, registered nurse Robert Woolley, Rotarians Murray Difford and Laurie Easter. Photo: Ashley Cleaver
Men at MHERV: Robert Wooley (seated) signs up for a health check. Piictured with Rotarian Max Carey, registered nurse Robert Woolley, Rotarians Murray Difford and Laurie Easter. Photo: Ashley Cleaver

Last year three seemingly fit and healthy 60-plus year old farmers in the Tamworth area dropped dead.

The reluctance of men to have health checks, well documented over the decades, has resulted in the existence of the Men’s Health Education Rural Van (MHERV).

The van was located at Club Taree for two days this week where over 50 local men completed a free local health check.

Last year from July to December the van visited over 50 rural centres. Of the 1000 health checks performed 75 per cent of the men were recommended to have a further assessment by their doctor and 16 were urged to seek immediate medical attention.

This project is strongly supported by regional Rotary clubs.