One of Australia’s funniest men is making his way to Injune, Roma, Surat and Mitchell for side-splitting FREE comedy shows with an important purpose.
Steve Haddan, legendary entertainer and rugby league authority, will be amusing the crowds at Health in Men (HIM) events and the whole family is invited to join in on the fun.

HIM is an innovative new initiative from the South West Hospital and Health Service (South West HHS), which combines comedy and health screening to improve the health and wellbeing of men in South West Queensland.

South West HHS Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Chris Small said many men found it difficult to talk about their health and HIM was created to help break down the barriers.

“As clinicians we notice many men are reluctant to take action when it comes to their health and this can have a really devastating effect in the long-term, not just for the men but their entire families,” Mr Small said.

“This hesitancy to engage with health care can result in the late diagnosis of sometimes preventable or treatable diseases and I encourage all men to take part in what can be life-saving screening.”

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

Whilst the event is targeted at men, women are also encouraged to take part in the screening and the entire 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.

Mr Small said the data and surveys from each event would help the South West HHS provide more targeted health promotion and prevention programs.

“By coming along to a HIM event, you are not just being proactive about your own health, while having a great night out, but helping the health service provide better care to the whole community,” he said.

“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 3,300 Australian men every year.

“Awareness is so important when it comes to detecting cancer and I would like to thank the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia for their involvement with the event.

“HIM is supported by funding from the Western Queensland PHN and made possible by Steve Haddan courtesy of Celebrity Speakers.”

HIM locations and dates:

  • Injune Bowls Club, 5.30pm for a 6pm start, Saturday 28 April 2018
  • Roma Explorers Inn, 6pm, Sunday 29 April 2018
  • Surat New Royal Hotel, 6pm Monday 30 April 2018
  • Mitchell Memorial Hall, 5.30pm for a 6pm start, Tuesday 1 May 2018

Complimentary light refreshments will be provided at all events, with drinks available to purchase.

HIM will be held in Charleville, Augathella, Bollon, Thargomindah, Quilpie, Morven, Wallumbilla, Mungindi, Dirranbandi, Cunnamulla and St George in late May and June 2018.

ENDS

For further information contact:
Stephanie Kay
Public Affairs Officer
South West Hospital and Health Service
0447 645 315
Stephanie.Kay@health.qld.gov.au