mherv … matters of fact
• Each year in Australia more than 4 men die every hour from conditions that are potentially preventable – that’s 41,000 men a year!
• The mherv project is touring rural and regional NSW testing men for signs of ill health. Most men in these areas don’t see their doctor for years at a time. Many just drop dead in the paddock or the pub, because nobody saw it coming.
• We think that they come to see mherv because through our publicity, the project raises awareness and the women-folk are urging them to be tested.
• High blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol do not show ‘symptoms’ … often until it’s too late!
• In the first 10 days of April 2018 alone, 7 men were advised to seek medical attention immediately. It is very likely that for them, a life-threatening event was prevented. They did not die.
• We support and applaud other projects that are raising the issues of men’s health with literature and discussion.
• But as far as we know there is no other project that is actually doing something positive to save lives in this way.
• Since August last year almost 1500 people have been tested by the mherv project. A further 600 or so will be seen before the end of this tour in June.
• Hundreds of local Rotarians and other volunteers are hosting the mherv visits throughout the state.
• On this tour mherv will visit 63 rural and regional towns in NSW.
• Only one person is paid. The Registered Nurse who travels with the van and conducts the tests.
• Occasionally a Rotary Club will arrange for a local Community nurse to assist with tests.
• A generous sponsor, The Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution has covered the cost of nursing services for this tour, and has committed to funding at the same level for the 2018/19 tour.
• NSW Mazda Dealerships have supported mherv with the provision of a new Mazda BT-50 which is used to tow the caravan. They have been asked to extend their support for another tour. This year’s tour travels will exceed 17,000 kilometres
• Last year, the Premier’s office gave us a grant of $10,000 which has been used to buy the medical consumables needed to conduct the tests.
• The National breast screening programme has become recognised as a valuable life-saving, on-going project for Australian women. If we can save the lives of some of the men-folk too, that will do much to extend their productive lives and potentially save many from becoming a burden on the public health system with premature chronic illness. Not to mention the loss and grief for families facing the unexpected death of a loved one.