Healthy choices

Launceston-based dietitian Tim McMaster (left) discusses some of the intricacies surrounding hunger at the Men’s Health Expo at Trawmanna on Tuesday. Picture: Bodey Dittloff.

Information. A variety of service providers from as far as Launceston combined at the Trawmanna Men’s Shed for the Men’s Health Expo on Tuesday.

Representatives from Youth, Family and Community Connections (YFCC), Family Planning Tasmania (FPT) and Partners in Recovery Tasmania (PIRT) set up information stalls on the day alongside the warmth of an open fire, working to address a number of common mental and physical health issues among men.

Coastal Physiotherapy exercise physiologist Simon West and Diabetes Tasmania dietitian Tim McMaster were also present on the day, presenting on topics such as chronic pain management and the complexities behind feeling hungry.

“If we change [our diet] too much at once, it might affect us in the long term,” Tim told the audience. “You’ve got to think about baby steps.

“Thirst and hunger sensors in the brain are very similar – you might think you’re hungry when you’re actually thirsty.”

PIRT workers Sharon Segger and Rebecca Irwin said their group focuses on mental health and helping locals “navigate the system”, while FPT education and health promotion officer Lori Howard works to inform individuals about sexual health from an early age.

Burnie-based YFCC counsellor Matt Cross, who assists rehabilitation in the drug and alcohol sector, is available by appointment and can see people in the comfort of their own home.

North West Regional Comorbidity Action Project worker Gatty Burnett encouraged the community to take advantage of the many free services available, including the use of iPads at Rural Health to connect directly with providers.

For more information about the different services on offer, contact Rural Health on 6452 1266 or CHAC on 6452 1287.

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