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Asking Aussie Farmers “When was your last service?” at the Henty Machinery Field Days

Supported by Uncle Tobys, the Australian Men’s Shed Association and Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health – Charles Sturt University have teamed up to offer free men’s health checks at Henty Machinery Field Days (17 – 19 September 2019).

Thanks to Uncle Tobys the Australian Men's Shed Association and CSU will deliver free health checks at HMFD 2019

The Australian Men’s Shed Association is asking visitors at the upcoming Henty Machinery Field Days to consider the maintenance schedule for their own health & wellbeing in the same way they service their machinery.

Most men understand the consequences of poor vehicle maintenance and are usually quite particular about maintaining their machinery. However when it comes to looking after their most important piece of machinery—themselves—men often overlook preventative maintenance and an annual service.

“Five Australian men die every hour from potentially preventable causes, which is such an alarming statistic when it boils down to men being proactive about their health and wellbeing,” said David Helmers, AMSA Executive Officer.
The organisation’s male health initiative Spanner in the Works? uses the analogy of a machine man to help men better understand the importance of good vehicle maintenance.

Supported by Uncle Tobys, the Australian Men’s Shed Association is teaming up with Charles Sturt University’s Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health to offer free men’s health checks at the Field Days.

Last year, over 150 health checks were undertaken by visitors over the three days.

Michelle Katz, Head of Marketing for UNCLE TOBYS Oats said of the initiative, “At Uncle Tobys®, we know that with the right energy and encouragement, all Aussies can achieve greatness. Through our partnership with and funding of the Australian Men’s Shed Association, we hope to help to provide meaningful activities and places that promote both physical and mental wellness in rural Riverina and Indigo Shire communities – which are the home of Uncle Tobys®. We’re proud to be able to support these thriving communities, many of whom are our staff, friends and families, and also our farmers.”

This year, the team are on a bigger site with more stations available.

Spanner in the Works? has been highly successful in engaging men by providing a health snapshot and increasing levels of health literacy,” said Stuart Torrance, AMSA Men’s Health Project Coordinator.

“Health check conversations are focused on equipping men with some basic knowledge and information to make healthy choices relevant and achievable, and ultimately to prompt a regular visit to the GP.”

The Spanner in the Works? health check station will be located on Site 41, next to the West Entry Gate.

Visit malehealth.org.au for more about Spanner in the Works?.