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February 01, 2011

Don’t miss this: free health checks

Sungold Field Days Coordinator Anne Maree Quinlan (left), GMHBA Health Warrnambool Branch Manager Janine Richardson and Tara McDonald, WorkHealth Deputy Clinical Superviser based at Moyne Health Services, Photography: Glen Watson Photography, Warrnambool.

Southwest health services are teaming up to run a joint promotion to conduct free health checks during the Sungold Field Days. Moyne Health Services, Otway Health General Practice and GMHBA have joined forces in a healthy partnership to provide facilities and staff over the three days to focus on important health initiatives.

Farmers are urged to drop in for a quick check up – Moyne Health Service will assess and Otway Health General Practice will follow up anyone who is risk.

Sungold Field Days Marketing Coordinator Anne Maree Quinlan says the partnership is a good example of how local businesses can work together.

Otway Health General Practice Diabetes Prevention Facilitator Julieanne Crow says visitors can complete the type 2 Diabetes Risk Test, have their blood pressure taken and discuss with staff your risk assessment score.

  1. You may be at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.Type 2 diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia. One in four Victorian adults over the age of 25 have type 2 diabetes or are at high risk of getting type 2 diabetes. If you are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, changing your lifestyle can prevent or delay the onset.
  2. You may already have type 2 diabetes and not know itYou can have type 2 diabetes and not know it because there may be no obvious symptoms. It is estimated that for every person known to have type two diabetes there is another who has it and is unaware. If you already have type 2 diabetes, the sooner you find out the better your chance of preventing serious health complications.

Tara MacDonald, the WorkHealth deputy clinical superviser from Moyne Health Services, will be available to explain the benefits to employers of the new initiative WorkHealth. WorkHealth aims to identify and reduce preventable chronic disease targeting heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes. Early detection of these risk factors not only means healthier workers but, importantly it can also lead to reduced absenteeism and increased productivity in your workplace. More details page 33 of SouthwestBIZ magazine, volume 5, February 2011.

Also supporting the free health checks area is the GMHBA Health insurance team, celebrating 30 years in the southwest in 2011.

Foundation Warrnambool employee Janine Richardson and colleagues will be available throughout the field days to answer health insurance questions.

GMHBA offers a range of hospital, extras and combined covers to suit different budgets and life stages. Whether you are single, a couple, a single parent or a family, GMHBA has an affordable private health insurance cover to suit your needs.

The free health checks will be conducted at Sites 8 and 9 of the AJ Rea Pavilion during the three days.

Source: SouthwestBIZ magazine, volume 5, February 2011.

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