11.5 C
Byron Shire
May 24, 2024

Free men’s health checks coming to Ballina

Latest News

New attractions for Mullum2Bruns Paddle

There’s new free activities to enjoy at Banner Park in Brunswick Heads after this year’s Mullum2Bruns Paddle, which will be held this Sunday, May 26, from 9.30am till 2.30pm.

Other News

Adam says it’s time for a Sunday bus for north Byron Shire

As many people are aware, there is no public transport in the north of Byron Shire on Sundays, making it difficult for people, young people in particular, to get to where they want to go. Adam Luck has decided to take action on this problem. 

Police appeal again to locate man missing from Mullumbimby

Police are again appealing for public assistance to locate Gage Wilson, a man missing from Mullumbimby, since Saturday, 18 May.

Shh – it’s Secret Bridesmaid’s Business

It is the very eve of Meg’s wedding – her mother is fussing over every detail and her best friends are doing little to help. The wedding is the gala event that Meg has dreamed of since she was a girl and one that has taken far too long to come true. But, anything that can go wrong does until the veil is lifted on an unhappy secret, and Meg’s dream is rocked by a revelation she doesn’t want to be true.

Danny’s world

Danny Wakil would have us believe that Israel is a sweet little peace-loving ‘sister democracy’ that can do no...

First Nations job seekers in Casino foot in the door to career

Trying to find something you might be interested in doing is always a challenge and local Casino barber Michael Day has come on board to help Aboriginal job seekers the chance to kick start a career in the hair and beauty industry.

A long story

I see that Israel supporters take exception to the expression ‘from the river to the sea’ as meaning that...

Ballina Rotary is hosting MHERV (Men’s Health Education Rural Van). Photo supplied.

MHERV the men’s health education rural van is on its way to Ballina, with the support of Rotary, offering free ten minute health checks.

Leanne Garvey is the registered nurse who travels around NSW with MHERV. ‘Don’t hesitate to give ten minutes of your busy day to get free basic health screening,’ she said. ‘It could literally save your life.’

The Rotary Club of Ballina on Richmond last hosted the van in 2019, with over 70 men and women using the free service. Rotary was planning to host MHERV again in 2020, but due to COVID and then the floods, this was postponed.

While the program was originally targeted at men, women are also encouraged to take advantage of a free screening, which covers blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. The aim is to ensure everyone can receive a basic check-up, as many are not finding time to see their GP regularly.

MHERV sees around 3,500 patients each year, with many clients discovering undetected symptoms. Around 40 per cent require following up with a GP.

Over the past five years, it’s estimated that over 450 lives have been saved because of these free basic health checks.

MHERV in action. Photo supplied.

How it works

The MHERV nurse conducts the tests and discusses any health concerns in the privacy of the consulting rooms within the van.

The screening process is relaxed, confidential and informal. Each consultation takes ten minutes, and provides immediate results.

This free service will be available for walk-ins on the following dates, at the Richmond River end of Moon Street in Fawcett Park, Ballina (this is the same location that the Pink Breast Screen van parks when it’s in town):

  • Thursday 26th October 9:30pm – 3:30pm.
  • Friday 27th October 9:30pm – 3:30pm.
  • Saturday 28th October 9:30am – 12.30pm.

Rotary says a short investment of time can save your life, or the life of someone you love.

Find out more here: www.mherv.com.au.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. WOW ! free TEN MINUTE health check.
    I get that at my GP already, and you know what ? A TEN MINUTE health check is less than useless, it’s dangerous.
    A two hour consultation would approach covering the complex and multi-dimensional needs of a patient, who may be taking in excess of ten medications to treat multiple conditions, often as a result of interactions of their prescribed drugs, possibly from historic and inappropriate prescriptions.
    Cheers , G”)

  2. We do this at our Men’s Shed every Wednesday. One of our favourites is the prostate examination, always a line-up for that one!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Five hours spent at last Thursday’s Byron Council

If you need a fix of local government decision-making, you could dip into the odd five-hour online recording of what occurred at last Thursday’s Council meeting.

Editorial – Optics vs reform

One of the more hyped elements of last week’s federal budget was a $300 handout to every homeowner to alleviate the increase in energy costs.

Final kambo witnesses called, inquest yet to hear from Lore Solaris and Cameron Kite

The Jarrad Antonovich inquest ground inexorably towards its conclusion yesterday, with more evidence from witnesses showing the tragedy could possibly have been avoided, and certainly the ongoing damage lessened, if everyone involved had taken responsibility earlier.

A long story

I see that Israel supporters take exception to the expression ‘from the river to the sea’ as meaning that all Jews should be wiped...