Heart Health checks at Transfield, Whangarei, September 2009

The sign on the Transfield company gate states “we lead the way – we do what’s right – we care for each other – we take responsibility”. In an industry providing the infrastructure for what most of us take for granted – roading, water and wastewater – the predominantly male work-force is being well supported to ‘take responsibility’ by lining up at 7am to have their blood pressure, height, weight and tummy girth measured and blood drawn as part of their Heart Health check – and are being rewarded with a healthy breakfast following their check. Registered nurses from Occupational Health and Safety provider StaffCare are working with the Whangarei-based company providing the health checks which will help to identify early signs of heart disease. Following the Heart Health check some men need to have a further medical check – as part of the project they are given a voucher which entitles them to a free visit for follow-up management with their family doctor.


For enquiries contact Mary Carthew, ‘Men at Work’ project coordinator