Men’s health appeal
The Royal Flying Doctor Service is telling men to “man up” and get a primary health check as part of Men’s Health Week until June 15.
The service aims to increase awareness among men of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease.
Health services general manager Linda Cutler said men experience higher rates of heart disease, skin cancer, lung cancer and diseases of the liver. Men also have higher rates of accidents and suicide compared with women.
“We are encouraging men to have regular check-ups, engage with GP’s about any symptoms they may be experiencing and understand the link between lifestyle and health,” Ms Cutler said.
Traffic crime drops
Police say they are pleased with the results of this year’s Operation Stay Alert, with drops in the numbers of major crashes, fatalities, speeding offences and drink-drivers.
Operation Stay Alert – the annual Queens Birthday long weekend traffic-enforcement campaign – started on June 6 at 12.01am until June 9 at 11.59pm.
During the four-day operation, 4208 NSW drivers were caught speeding, 272 were charged with drink-driving and 600 major crashes were reported, with a total of two deaths.
Last year over the same period, 4410 people were caught speeding, 439 charged with drink-driving, 681 major crashes occurred, with six fatalities.
Open Marrickville, the council’s celebration of culture and diversity, returns on June 20 to 29.
Mayor Jo Haylen said the mostly free series of 21 art exhibitions, cultural events, performing arts, film and public lectures take advantage of Marrickville’s residents from 35 different overseas birthplaces, who speak 32 different languages.