Wellbeing News

De La Salle Men’s Health Night

De La Salle College is a school that educates young men. It is our job to tend to their overall wellbeing in partnership with you, their carers. One of the best ways that we can do this is act as role models. As fathers, carers, mentors and friends, it is our job to do all we can to model healthy behaviour. We as blokes, can’t do that if we’re not around!

On Tuesday 6 September the College will hold a Men’s Health Night in the PAC. We are proud to have a guest speaker, David Francis.

Since 1995 David Francis’ professional work has been divided between Physioworks Health Group and the Collingwood Football Club (AFL), where he is a Co‐Medical Director and Senior Physiotherapist. He was awarded the title Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and has been awarded a Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapy (FACP).

Following David’s presentation, there will be the opportunity to get a general sense about your own health. We will have information and measurements on

  • Blood pressure
  • BMI
  • Grip test
  • Skin cancer check with the skin damage viewing machine (Cancer Council and SunSmart staff will be present)
  • Weight
  • Questionnaires and information about diet and exercise
  • And more!

These activities will be facilitated by the Year 12 VET students.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to hear an excellent guest speaker, gain useful information regarding your health and model health seeking behaviour for your young man.

Australia is, in global terms, a pretty healthy place to live, however, there are some frightening statistics about men’s health that should be understood.

While the average life expectancy of Australian males is high by international standards, they still suffer from unacceptably high rates of preventable chronic diseases and account for a disproportionate burden of most non‐sex specific diseases including mental illness, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Males account for the majority of deaths from suicide and injury as well as from vehicle accidents and occupationally related causes of death and injury.

Research consistently demonstrates a disproportionate sex differential in death and illness for males in Australia. Males have a shorter life expectancy, higher rates of death from most non‐sex specific causes across all age groups and a higher lifetime risk of many cancers and chronic conditions. Standardised mortality rates point to over 23,000 excess male deaths per year, most of which are from preventable causes. Cultural stereotypes also increase men’s reluctance for seeking out screening and preventive health care.

Research suggests that many males have a functional view of health, not seeking help until the problem is shown to clearly impact on physical function. Many are disposed to self‐monitoring, seeking information from different sources before coming to an informed decision about whether to seek help. They often display indirect health information seeking, viewing friends, partners and things like the internet as sources of health advice until their health is clearly impaired, when they then seek professional help.

So, if you want a night out with your young bloke, might I suggest you meet him after work, grab a bite to eat together, have a chat and then come along to hear a quality presenter and gain some useful information about your own health, while modelling the type of behaviour that makes life better for the whole family.

Tickets are $10 each, limited and can be obtained by clicking ‘book now’ below. We hope to see you there.




Mr Anthony Freeman
Student Counsellor

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