Dubbo farmers are being encouraged to take a break from the demands of the drought and do something about their health.
They are being offered free health checks on Friday, March 15, that could prove "life-saving".
The Metalcorp Dubbo branch is working with the National Centre for Farmer Health to offer the service.
The 20-minute health checks conducted by agrihealth professionals will be held in private rooms at the newly-relocated branch at 2 Jannali Road between 12pm and 4pm.
Rural landholders and workers are being offered vision, BMI, blood cholesterol and blood pressure tests along with diabetes-risk assessments.
Metalcorp Dubbo branch manager Tony Fenwick said its partnership with the National Centre for Farmer Health "closely aligns with our commitment to the safety, health and well-being of our staff and customers".
“Your health is the greatest investment you can make in your farming business and we hope these free health checks encourage the Dubbo rural community to visit our branch, taking half an hour out of their day to have their health assessed – it might be life-saving action,” he said.
Your health is the greatest investment you can make in your farming business and we hope these free health checks encourage the Dubbo rural community to visit our branch, taking half an hour out of their day to have their health assessed – it might be life-saving action.Tony Fenwick
A spokesman for the National Centre for Farmer Health agreed with Mr Fenwick.
"The health checks can identify serious health problems that, if left unidentified, could place farmers at significant risk," he said.
"It also provides a risk assessment around farm safety and education on how to improve general health and well-being.
"Providing participants with a health passport containing the results of their health check provides farmers with information to take action of their own or pass on to a health professional for follow-up support.”
There are 16 appointments available. To make an appointment send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.