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March 201310 Continued from Page 9 Over 300 men voluntarily participate in Pitstop at the V8 Supercars and also the Big Boys Toys Expo. This was a combined effort by staff from NT Department of Health (MHSU and Community Health branch), Unions NT, General Practice Network of the NT and Cancer Council NT. Community Health Branch in DarwinPalmerston established a mens health section and conduct various outreach activities to engage with men through the Pitstop program. They have also drafted guidelines entitled Mens Health: Policy and Procedures which provides background information, strategies and guidance for Community Health staff in enhancing service efforts to meet the needs of male clients. The Construction Health Improvement Project (CHIP) was launched and develops plans and a number of innovative ideas to encourage healthier workplaces (and people) in the construction industry. Some initiatives have included Pitstop, Bust a Gut weight loss competition and a Movember fundraiser. Continued on Page 11 Health Development Branch teams under the guidance of the AMHCs undertake mens health activities in a number of communities. Over 35 men undertake health checks in Nguiu, over 40 men attend mens health education in Gunbalanya and 12 other communities undertake consultation and begin planning for mens health activities in 2013. Mens health networks or groups are established or continue in Tennant Creek, Gunbalanya, Ntaria, Palumpa, Palmerston and Darwin. MHSU completes a report which identifi es and describes mens health and well-being services in the NT. Over 200 people undertake training and hear presentations about the importance of, and methods needed to more effectively engage with, and include, fathers and father fi gures in the delivery of health, education and community services and programs. These presentations by Dr Richard Fletcher and Mr Craig Hammond from the University of Newcastle Family Action Centre were an initiative of MHSU and were supported by the NT Department of Education, Offi ce of Children and Families and the City of Darwin. 30 people are trained as Pitstop mechanics and volunteer their time to help out with the delivery of the Pitstop male health awareness program at two major events in the Darwin region. The health Pitstop at the V8Supercars held in Darwin, June 2012 Attendees at the September held Father Inclusive Practice Workshop in Darwin MHSU provides promotional support, advice and local assistance to the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand for a mens health public forum held at the Darwin Convention Centre as part of their Annual Scientifi c Conference. G EN D ER H EA LT H