Many men are not as forthcoming with discussing their health concerns with their GP or Nurse. Although in earlier times people only often booked in with their doctor if they were sick, this model of care is long outdated, with preventative health care now the best approach for maintaining optimal health and well-being.
At Edgeworth Family Practice we have a team approach, with our GP’s and Nurses all contributing to the preventative health care of our patients.
There are so many things that affect the health and well-being of men throughout their lives. Physical health issues, mental health, and sexual and reproductive health are all factors that may impact men at different times. We encourage men to be open and honest with their health concerns and promise an environment that is confidential, judgement free and empathetic.
TIPS FOR PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE FOR MEN
- If you are well, book a check-up at least every 12 months. A BP check, blood test, and skin check are a great idea as they can highlight risk factors or early signs of a whole range of health issues.
- If you are sexually active, book an appointment with our Sexual and Reproductive Health Nurse annually for a routine STI check.
- Get vaccinated! Influenza, Tetanus, Diptheria & Pertussis (whooping cough), Hepatitis B and Measles, Mumps & Rubella should be checked for currency as many people are not aware of their immunity status.
- Practice body awareness – know your body well so you can easily detect changes and report changes promptly to your Doctor or Nurse. Examples of things to check include:
- That you don’t have any changes to your skin (click here for information on how to check your skin)
- Ensuring your testes do not develop any new lumps or changes (click here for information on how to check your testes)
- Checking that your bowel habits are consistent and reporting any changes promptly
- That you are urinating normally, without a burning sensation or pain, bleeding and flow (stopping/starting)
- Ensuring no unusual lumps or changes develop on your chest, under your arms, or anywhere else on the body
- Check-in with yourself emotionally – are you coping well?
- Health Assessments – Bulk billed comprehensive health assessments are available annually to men who are Indigenous or >75 years, or a once-off assessment between the ages of 45 and 49.
If you have any health concerns you would like to discuss, book to see one of our Doctors or Nurses now.
- Men and mental health
- Telephone 24/7 counselling for men
- Men suffering domestic violence
- Crisis support and suicide prevention
- Erection problems
- Drug and alcohol dependence
- Parenting and custody disputes
- How to check your skin
- Testicular self-examination
- Testicular cancer – information
- Prostate cancer – information
- Breast cancer in men
- Bowel cancer in men