The Trouble with Men, A Rural Health Perspective is the theme of a Wagga Wagga Regional Men’s Health Forum coordinated by Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD).
Originally set down for Wednesday, June 15, as part of Men’s Health Week, the forum has been re-scheduled to Tuesday, July 12.
Clinical Nurse Educator at Wagga Wagga Community Health, Faisal Sabih, has organised the event to raise awareness about health.
It is focused on well-being issues which relate specifically to regional and local men.
“Rural and regional men are more likely than their city counterparts to suffer chronic conditions,” Mr Sabih said.
“They are also more likely to suffer poor health and other men-specific health risk behaviours.
“These issues are often compounded by isolation and remoteness.
“While the Wagga Wagga region boasts advanced acute, emergency, hospital, medical specialists and community services, men’s health continues to be impacted by isolation.
“There is often a reluctance to access men-specific services.”
Mr Sabih hopes the forum will encourage more local men to utilise local health services.
It will be an opportunity to provide pathways for isolated men to engage in the community and support action to improve their own health and well-being.
Men’s health priority issues including Indigenous men’s health (Aboriginal Medical Service)
Diabetes, obesity and impotence (Endocrinologist Dr Mary Freeman)
Heart Disease and Men by a local Cardiologist
Prostate health (Mr Ray Stanton, Urologist)
Living with prostate cancer (Kerry Geale)
Men and parenting (local counsellor)
Men and separation (local counsellor)
The free forum will be held at the Wagga Wagga RSL Club from 6.30-9pm on Tuesday, July 12, and light refreshments will be provided.
All men are encouraged to attend the forum with no booking required.
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