Men’s Health Education Rural Van is on the Coffs Coast providing free basic health screening

Registered Nurse Leanne Garvey with MHERV, the new Men’s Health Education Rural Van.

THE Men’s Health Education Rural Van (MHERV) is back on the Coffs Coast providing free basic health screening.

It will be in Sawtell in First Avenue on Friday 13 October and at Bunnings Coffs Harbour on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October from 9:30am until 3:30pm.

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MHERV will then be in Woolgoolga on Wednesday 18 October at Diggers RSL car park.

Registered Nurse Leanne Garvey will be conducting tests and local Rotarians will be assisting as receptionists.

“Don’t hesitate to give ten minutes of your busy day to get free basic health screening,” said Leanne, the registered nurse who travels around NSW.

“Literally, it could save your life.”

The MHERV project is organised by Rotary, whose data suggests that over the past five years an estimated 450-plus lives have been saved because of these free basic health checks.

Leanne is happy to take your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels and have a general quick chat about your health.

MHERV sees around 3,500 patients each year with many males learning they have undetected symptoms.

Around 40 percent require following up with a GP.

“While men are our key target as we don’t want them dropping dead in the paddock, ladies are most welcome,” project leader Adrian Payne said.

Rotary kindly acknowledges the support of the Royal Freemasons Benevolent Institution (RFBI), NSW Department of Health, and Electrodry, in making this free service possible.

The combined Rotary Clubs of the Coffs and Sawtell area will be conducting a raffle and also a Bunnings Barbecue on Saturday 14 with funds going to support the MHERV project.

Organiser Rotarian Peter Paff acknowledges the support of local Rotarians and also City of Coffs Harbour and Bunnings who help make the visit successful each year.


The trusty steed, MHERV is ready to roll into Sawtell and Bunnings Coffs Harbour.

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