Men in Miles were recently given a gentle nudge to concentrate on their mental and physical health, thanks to the local Freemasons who hosted the second in a series of state-wide events focussed on all things pertaining to men’s health matters.
Late last month, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland and the Miles Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, ran an information session as part of the 2019 Men’s Health Matters awareness campaign. The state-wide campaign which was launched in September is visiting towns all over Queensland until March next year.
Miles Freemason Ted Gibbons said they were delighted with the turnout and felt that the attendees really took to the content being delivered.
“We had 35 members of the community came along including some from surrounding properties and towns, many with their partners as well, which was great to see. For us men, it’s not always easy to talk about how we feel, so to have helped provide a forum where men can talk and learn about their health was our main motivation,” Mr Gibbons said.
“If these conversations lead to them making positive changes in their lives, then our community as a whole will benefit,” he said.
The free information session was held at the Miles Golf Club beginning with drinks and a barbeque. A healthcare provider then led the discussion covering a range of topics including nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, important check-ups, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and wellbeing, and relationships.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said empowering people to lead better lives was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.
“Improving men’s mental and physical health both at a state-wide and grassroots level is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.
CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said time and time again this format has proved to be an effective way to raise awareness of and engage men about their health and wellbeing.
“Providing a safe environment where attendees can talk about their health is essential if we are to improve outcomes in this area,” Ms Liddy said.
“We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Hand Heart Pocket and Freemason Lodges throughout the state to deliver this campaign,” she said.
Photo: CheckUP South West Regional Coordinator Nigel Daisy, Rural Aid representative Gail Courte, Men’s Health Matters facilitator Sam, Murilla Masonic Lodge members Ben Rees and Ted Gibbons.