Photo: Dave Kerrigan demonstrating the health check.

Men and women attending the Westech Barcaldine Field Days on 12–13 September will be

challenged to pass the “pits’’ to promote the idea of maintaining their bodies at optimum

performance.

Central West Hospital and Health Service Alcohol and Other Drugs Coordinator David Kerrigan

said the Pit Stop concept likened the human body to a car engine.

“Men attending the field days in Barcaldine will be able to have their oil levels (blood pressure)

tested, their torsion (flexibility) checked, asked if they check their spark plugs (testicles) or if

their “shockies”’ (stress management techniques) are up to scratch,’’ he said.

“Men are one of the sickest groups in society.

“The rate of preventable deaths in Queensland males is about twice as high as for females, so

we want to get men thinking more about their health and looking after themselves.

“Using car references and the mechanical concept of a Pit Stop brings an element of humour to

men’s health, removes it from a clinical setting and encourages men to participate.

“The challenge is on to the men of the Central West to see if their body will pass through the

pits with flying colours or be issued with a yellow sticker for follow-up maintenance.’’

“But we’re not forgetting women by any means.

“Women also will have opportunities to put their bodies through the pits with staff available

specialising in women’s health issues.

“I encourage both men and women to attend the Pit Stop and have their performance checked

out.’’

Mr Kerrigan said the Westech Barcaldine Field Days Pit Stop was being delivered as a

partnership between Central West Health, North West Remote Health, Lives Lived Well, the

Royal Flying Doctor Service and James Cook University’s Centre for Rural and Remote Health.

For further information about the Pit Stop, Cassie Whatley of North West Rural

Health on 4652 7100 or David Kerrigan on 4650 4068.

ENDS

For further information contact:

James Guthrie

Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld

Media and Communication

Department of Health

(07) 3708 5379

Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au