Expo-sing degree of men’s health problem

THE state of men’s health in Australia is a national tragedy, according to the nation’s ‘first bloke’ Tim Mathieson.
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Mr Mathieson came to visit the Men’s Health Expo in Armidale Shopping Plaza on Thursday.

The expo was organised by Armidale Dumaresq Council’s Aboriginal liaison officer, Steve Widders, and was also attended by local politicians, health care professionals and members of the community.

“Too many blokes have suffered in silence, too many blokes haven’t looked after themselves as they should,” Mr Mathieson said.

“The stats are just dreadful, they’re shocking actually.”

Mr Mathieson highlighted the issue of men’s health by pointing to statistics such as men make up 78 per cent of suicides and are three times more likely to die of heart disease.

“That’s only going to change if each of us change… after all who wants their family to have a dead dad or a partner disabled by a heart attack or stroke or wasting away with cancer?”

The expo promoted mental and physical health, encouraging men to seek help and talk about their problems.

Mr Widders said he was very encouraged by the turnout to the expo.

“It’s a national issue, men’s health, but ultimately it comes down to individual people, individual men to look after their health,” Mr Widders said.

The expo was the launching point of Walk, Ride Widders, which will involve Mr Widders and Australian Indigenous Doctors Association’s Dr Michael Adams cycling and walking from Brisbane to Sydney to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues later this year.

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