Laugh Your Way to Better Health

For bokes in South West Queensland there’s a new way to help you find your health mojo – Laugh your way to it.

“Fellas” are being urged not to miss the chance to see one of Australia’s funniest men in action during his final tour for the innovative Health in Men (HIM) events, a new initiative from the South West Hospital and Health Service.

Steve Haddan raising a laugh at the Roma session (002)

Comedian Steve Haddan shares a joke with the audience at his recent HIM session at Roma.

Legendary entertainer and rugby league authority, Steve Haddan will be performing side-splitting FREE comedy shows with an important purpose in Wallumbilla, Mungindi, Dirranbandi, Cunnamulla and St George later this month.

Oh, and you can bring a partner and the family as well if you like.

Mr Haddan already has entertained hundreds of people in Injune, Roma, Surat, Mitchell Charleville, Augathella, Bollon, Thargomindah, Quilpie and Morven since the events kicked off in April.

Called HIM, it’s a show which combines comedy and health screening to improve the health and wellbeing of men in the South West.

South West HHS Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services Chris Small says the events are a prompt for men to start important conversations about their health and wellbeing.

“Blokes, especially in the bush, often do struggle to talk about their health and this is something we need to work to change. As clinicians we see first-hand how hesitancy to engage with healthcare can result in the late diagnosis of sometimes preventable or treatable diseases, and this can be devastating, not just for the man but his entire family.”

Mr Small says HIM events included screening stations for diabetes, alcohol-related health risk, blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking and wellbeing for participants aged above 18-years-of age.

“Whilst HIM is targeted at men, we want women in our community to come along and participate in the screening too and the whole family can enjoy the comedy show.”

Every person who takes part in the screening will have their results recorded and a referral provided to take to their general practitioner (GP) if a follow-up is required.

The data and surveys from each event would help the South West HHS provide more targeted health promotion and prevention programs.
Mr Small says by coming along to a HIM event, participants are not only being proactive about your own health, while having a great night out, but helping the health service provide better care to the whole community.

“During the event there will also be a key note speaker from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, who will be sharing a first-person account of living with a disease that claims the lives of about 3300 Australian men every year.”

Upcoming HIM events:
• Wallumbilla Showgrounds, 5.30 pm for a 6 pm start, Friday 22 June 2018
• Mungindi Golf Club, 6 pm, Saturday 23 June 2018
• Dirranbandi Tennis Club, 5 pm to 7 pm, Sunday 24 June 2018
• Cunnamulla Shire Hall, 5.30 pm for a 6 pm start, Monday 25 June 2018
• St George Golf Club, 6 pm, Tuesday 26 June 2018.
Complimentary light refreshments will be provided at all events, with drinks available to purchase.