St Bart’s doing good for men in Movember
John Berger, Rob Wilton and Niall Rhatigan from the leadership team at St Bart’s are all growing a mo’ this Movember, and encouraging their staff and mates to join them in raising awareness of men’s health issues.
Movember is about stopping men dying too young. Men die, on average, six years earlier than women, so are being encouraged to have open conversations, know their bodies better and their risk of prostate and testicular cancer, and to move and exercise more.
Mr Berger, CEO of St Bart’s, said men’s health was an extremely important issue that was often ignored, but taking part in Movember was a great way to put it firmly in the spotlight.
“Our message to men this year is ‘get a health check’ – go see a GP and have a chat with them about your overall health,” said Mr Berger.
“Men are notorious for not attending to their health, but we need to – it’s the basis of our well-being and has a big impact on our work, our families, our relationships and our quality of life,” he said.
“Our female staff are a great support too and are urging their partners, brothers, sons, fathers and work mates to get involved – it’s great.”
St Bart’s has a program of activities planned for the month, including weekly health check-ups for staff and clients, and regular lunch and learn sessions focused on men’s health issues.
St Bart’s has been delivering accommodation and support services to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness for more than 50 years in Western Australia.
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