Rural men’s health a priority for Rotary

Men in Wellington and surrounding villages are being encouraged to take advantage of a free health check next month as part of a Rotary initiative.

The Rotary Men’s Health Education Rural Van will be in Wellington in June for the second time in as many years in an effort to address men’s health issues within rural communities.

The van will be stationed in Wellington on June 12 and 13 between 10am and 4pm each day.

It will be be run by a registered nurse who will work alongside volunteers Rotarians from Warner’s Bay and the Warren Club who will manage the van. 

The service offers a range of checks which include blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, body mass, urinalysis, obesity, serious skin issues as well as apparent depression. 

Rotary has been involved in supporting men’s health for years now and this service is free of charge.

The last time the van visited Wellington was at the Vintage Fair in 2017 when around 70 men passed through the doors to have their health checked.

Past president of Wellington Rotary, Ruston Smith, said a lot of men don’t go to the doctors despite regular check-ups often averting what can often become very serious health problems. 

“It has been shown by results that there is a need to test rural men for health issues,” Mr Smith said.

“Too often they simply drop dead in the paddock because nobody saw it coming.”

All men are eligible to attend the service which is sponsored by the NSW Government, Mazda NSW Dealers, the Royal Freemason Benevolent Institution, Wellington Rotary Club and many other Rotary Clubs as it is a Rotary initiative.