The Men’s Health nights are an important part of the Rural Health program and have been extremely popular since they began in 2005.
Look out for details of our next Men’s Health activity in the EVENTS section of this website.
In April we featured Dr Rosie King, a relationship and sex therapist. One night was held for men and one night for women. Dr Rosie was well received by both the men and women, giving factual and practical information in a very humorous presentation. She talked about creating strong and healthy relationships as well as satisfying sex lives and explained why men and women are so different. It turns out we’re all normal after all!
In November we featured Alastair Lynch, a footballer who suffered chronic fatigue syndrome. Alastair was down to earth and easy to listen to, having the audience captivated from start to finish. He spoke about how chronic fatigue affected himself and his career and how he overcame the obstacles to end up playing some of his best football ever.
Early in the year we enjoyed a session with Steve Gunther, author of the book Understanding Your Woman.
Early in the year we welcomed Steve Biddulph who spoke on ÔÇÿWhere To for MenÔÇÖ and this highlighted the changing roles of men particularly relating to relationships and parenting.
Blundstone Footwear sponsored Angry Anderson. His session on prostate cancer attracted 173 men who enjoyed an enthralling and informative night.
In May of this year we held a session on Cancer Prevention with the keynote speaker, Lawson Ride of the Cancer Council of Tasmania. Football identity Sam Kekovich was the MC for the night and kept the audience enthralled with his entertaining sport anecdotes. This session attracted a greater age range of men including some young people under the age of 21.
In November we enjoyed John Toomey presenting on Work/Life Balance. John’s session also included relevant advice on nutrition, hydration and relationships.
The November workshop was on heart health with keynote speaker Barbara Carter from Hobart and ably assisted by local GP Dr. Donald Hogan. Evaluation from these nights showed us that the events are predominantly being attended by married men over the age of 50. After these events men cited as their top health issues heart disease, cancer, cholesterol, blood pressure and prostate.
After these events we changed the format of the flyers to try and attract younger men.
Our inaugural Men’s Health Night attracted 267 men which filled to overflowing our local Smithton Club. We had 4 speakers, with the keynote speaker Bernard Denner. The night was extremely successful however the night was a little too long and influenced the format of subsequent events.