Free health checks for miners at QME

With the constant pace of mining, the last thing many workers think of is their own health, but the Mater Foundation is now helping miners to stop and check their health at QME.

The Mater Foundation's checks involve simple weight, height and waist measures, flexibility test, body fat impedance test and a blood pressure check to gauge overall wellbeing and risk indicators for chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

It is offering the assessments as part of a Miners’ Health Week initiative during QME.

Two Mater nurses will provide the daily checks between 10am and midday in the Community Hub.

To complement the checks, Mater staff will also conduct daily presentations on issues such as prostate cancer, obesity and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

They will also be highlighting breast cancer awareness and their Breast ever Brunch fundraising campaign.

Miners recently took it into their own hands to raise cancer awareness on site.

The Thiess mining team at Xstrata's Mt Owen mine painted one of the trucks blue and wore blue hi-vis shirts to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer.

They eventually raised $18 500.

QME will start next week, running from Tuesday through to Thursday.


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