MHERV (Mens Health Education Rural Van)

Mherv is a Rotary project run out of Rotary district 9670. Mherv provides free health checks to men (primarily) , by travelling around rural and remote NSW. Mherv consists of a purpose built caravan, a utility vehicle to pull it, and a male nurse (currently Rob Woolley) to drive it and perform the checks. There is also an operations centre (currently myself and Adrian Payne, both of Warners Bay Rotary), which sets the travel schedule, engages local rotary clubs (and sometimes men’s sheds), to assist at each location we visit, and provides promotion and administration support. The project is further supported by a number of sponsors (see the reports attached). Worthy of special mention is The Royal Freemason Benevolent Society (RFBI), which has covered the nurses salary and expenses since the project began in August 2017. The checks we do, take just a few minutes: Blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar level, and Body Mass Index (BMI). Rob also spends time explaining the results, the health risks they indicate, and the importance of seeing a doctor on a regular basis. He gives out sheets with simple explanations as appropriate. This is information, which many men seem unaware of or have not seen as important or relevant to them. Mherv works in “tours”. The first tour ran from August to November 2017, then February to May 2018, August to November 2018, and (nearing completion), February to May 2019. Thus we have been “on the road” for 16 months. Each stop is 2 days on average, with each 3rd day allowed for travel and set-up, plus a rest day here and there for the nurse. Up until Easter this year we have visited 118 towns (including some visited twice). We have seen and checked 4,880 people (nearly all men). Each check is categorised: 1 (Indicators look OK, but see your GP for a general medical assessment), 2 (See your doctor, the tests have indicated a condition which may require treatment), 3 (See your doctor IMMEDIATELY, the tests show you have a serious health risk). Of the 4,880, 2,019 were categorised 1, 2,724 were categorised 2, and 137 were categorised 3. Wherever possible our nurse follows up the cat 3 men, to ensure they have indeed seen a doctor or booked an appointment. This implies that 137 lives may have been saved by Mherv, and maybe more from the category 2 list.

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