Posted by Dave Owens
MHERV  is coming to Cessnock and Kurri Kurri
So ‘who’ is MHERV? ... Mherv is a rural life-saver in a purpose-built caravan that begins its 2017/18 tour of 56 centres across NSW in Cessnock, on the 24th and 25th of August, followed by Kurri on the 27th and 28th.
The Men’s Health Education Rural Van (mherv) accommodates a registered nurse who runs some simple health tests for rural men who are notorious for not finding time to see their GP for check-ups.  Many just ‘drop dead in the paddock, at work in the mine , at home in the backyard, in the vineyard ’ ... because nobody saw it coming!
As a Rotary initiative, MHERV has been visiting rural centres since 2008 especially way out west.  But the project has more potential than was being realised on casual outings.
Retired Magistrate and Cessnock Rotary Club’s Steve Jackson has recently handed over the role of District Governor to Nelson Bay’s Helen Ryan. During his Rotary District Governorship in 2016/17 he was keen to see the Mherv project really get ‘out there’   Now ... starting in Cessnock, and then Kurri Kurri,mherv is scheduled to undertake men’s health screenings in 56 centres during 2017/18
Cessnock’s Rotary Club president Graham Farish said “ it’s good that we can cooperate on this project with Kurri Kurri Club led by President Paul Hughes. We are having screenings in both towns, one after the other.
Cessnock -Thursday and Friday 25 August – Cessnock Supporters Club Carpark
Kurri Kurri -Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August – Main St Kurri- carpark at old Workers Club
As Rotarians are often seen raising money with barbecues, raffles and other events, but people rarely see where that money is being spent.  Rotary will be doing these health tests without charge, it’s a community project ... already on previous outings mherv has saved lives.”
MHERV is generously supported by The Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution.  They have world’s-best-practice aged care facilities in Cessnock and Kurri Kurri, and also offer home care packages in the area.  The RFBI has provided funds for the registered nurse who is soon to join the project to conduct the tests. The dedicated mherv nurse will be assisted by community nurses whenever possible, so the two consulting rooms in the van can be used at the same time.
Paul Cousins , CEO of the Cessnock Supporters Club is sponsoring the Cessnock leg of the Mherv visit
On screening days both the  Cessnock and Kurri Clubs club will have their barbecue lit up - hot and sizzling, close to the MHERV van in The Cessnock  Supporters Club carpark and .  All those who get checked will get a free sausage sandwich or whatever is on offer on the day. Screenings there will be between 9am and 5pm on both days.
President Graham Farish says “it doesn’t matter if you’re farmer, a miner, a footy-fan or a publican, the local community needs you! ... so if you’re one of those blokes who hasn’t seen your GP for a checkup in ages ... ‘man-up’ and get checked for free!”
It’s a five minute ... non-invasive group of tests. • Blood pressure just to check the heart isn’t too stressed. • Blood sugar levels ... just a pin-prick in the finger, to make sure there’s no type two diabetes ... which is manageable even if there is. • Cholesterol ... just another pin-prick to see if levels are high and need attention. • There’s also a test for bowel cancer …we’ll provide the kit, but that needs to be done later at home.
 See! ... nothing to it! But in the past when mherv has shown us a bright red light, we know that lives have been saved.
C’mon girls! ... don’t lose the one you love for the sake of five minutes with MHERV  “ drag them in “
Girls! ... be persuasive!
A health check with mherv is completely FREE. It is a community service provided by Rotary and our sponsors. You will see and hear about mherv before the van arrives in town.
 Local Rotary clubs will make sure you know all about it. Where the van will be parked, and the times it will be open to do the tests. Rotarians will host the project, they are people you know from your district ...they will be on hand throughout the visit. So... Visit MHERV  ... just man up and get tested – your family will be glad you did