Van helping men look after their health

TIME TO GET CHECKED: Bob McKeowen, Rob Woolley and Don Stephens with the Men’s Health Education Rural Van at the Dubbo rotunda during the week. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
TIME TO GET CHECKED: Bob McKeowen, Rob Woolley and Don Stephens with the Men’s Health Education Rural Van at the Dubbo rotunda during the week. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

About 40 men, and some women, took advantage of free health checks when the Men’s Health Education Rural Van stopped in Dubbo this week.

The van, known as Mherv, was visiting Dubbo as part of its tour of 57 communities in NSW.

It was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Dubbo West Dubbo.

Don Stephens said while men often couldn’t be bothered with the effort it took to make a doctor’s appointment and sit in the waiting room, when the van was in the CBD they were much more inclined to just drop in as they went passed.

While he wasn’t privy to patients’ information, Mr Stephens said there had been a few people who were told to book an appointment with their GP after their check.

The stop in Dubbo became part of the tour at the last minute because another town had to pull out, Mr Stephens said.

Mherv has been visiting rural and regional communities since 2008. The current version, a purpose-built van with two consulting rooms, was commissioned in 2013.