Pit Stop - caring for rural men's health

Moffatt, Jennifer, Hossain, Delwar and Hansford, Garry (2010). Pit Stop - caring for rural men's health. In: Rural Medicine Australia 2010 6th Scientific Forum on Rural and Remote Medicine, Hobart, Tasmania, (). 22-24 October 2010.

Author Moffatt, Jennifer
Hossain, Delwar
Hansford, Garry
Title of paper Pit Stop - caring for rural men's health
Conference name Rural Medicine Australia 2010 6th Scientific Forum on Rural and Remote Medicine
Conference location Hobart, Tasmania
Conference dates 22-24 October 2010
Place of Publication Brisbane, Australia
Publisher Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Published abstract
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Pit Stop is an innovative program to engage men in changing their health behaviour. The poorer status or rural Australians' health when compared to their urban counterparts is well-documented. Contributing to this are poorer health risk-factor profiles, lower levels of education and income, greater exposure to physical risks through road travel and occupation, and less ability to access health services. In addition, men are more reluctant than women to seek medical advice/intervention.

This program provides the opportunity for men to complete a confidential health check in a non-medical environment.

This paper reports on Pit Stop at FarmFest, one of Queensland's largest agricultural field days. The Pit Stop program consists of 7 health screening checks (blood pressure; BMI; alcohol; smoking; testicular, bowel and skin cancer), using a mechanical theme. This uses the idea that men will readily give their vehicles a 'pit stop' check, so this is an opportunity to have their own health checked. At each station the man is required to answer a few questions or have some measurement conducted which gives a pass/fail result. For those with a 'fail', recommendations for action are made a further information on this aspect of their health is provided.

During the 3 days of FarmFest almost 1000 men took the opportunity to have health screening tests. The results indicate that while only a small proportion of these men have significant health risks, many need to take action to improve their health status.

The strategy that underlies Pit top, to take health services to rural men, and to offer them in a non-medical environment was successful. Not only does this strategy raise the profile of men's health to men, it also provides valuable data on men's health that can be utilised in planning, and to contribute to the larger picture on men's health.
Keyword Men's health
Rural and remote
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes P/Point presentation available on via conference website: http://rma.acrrm.org.au/pit-stop-caring-rural-men%E2%80%99s-health.

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Created: Thu, 18 Aug 2011, 14:58:08 EST by Dr Jennifer Moffatt on behalf of Rural Clinical School - South West Qld Region