On-site cancer screening

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Incolink is offering construction workers health checks on-site, including screening for prostate cancer, reports Fabian Cotter


Victoria-based Incolink – Australia’s oldest and largest manager of redundancy entitlements for workers in the building and construction industry – in partnership with the Australian Prostate Centre, has taken a proactive step in the screening process for prostate cancer.

Incolink recently debuted its new medical bus – fitted with two fully equipped consulting rooms and a waiting room – as it launched a programme to undertake cancer checks for Victorian construction workers.

As the organisation explains, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian men (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer), and the third most common cause of cancer death. Incolink has partnered with the Australian Prostate Centre to promote awareness and early detection of the disease, which is diagnosed in over 20,000 Australian men each year (55 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every day – around 3,500 of whom will die from the disease each year, says the APC). 

The mobile health bus – staffed by two GPs and a nurse – will visit Victorian and Tasmanian construction sites giving workers free health checks, including a PSA blood test that may indicate the early stages of prostate cancer. It will also test for cholesterol levels, blood pressure, BMI and diabetes.

Incolink CEO Dan O’Brien says the bus would play an important role in improving construction workers’ health and wellbeing, with the organisation committed to ensuring workers are fit and healthy, as well as safe on-site.

"Too many Australians, particularly men, put off a trip to the GP because they’re too busy or just not keen to discuss their health issues," he said.

"Being regularly assessed for key risk factors is crucial to preventing a range of health problems and giving patients the best chance of a healthy life through early intervention measures."

Last year Incolink launched its innovative suicide-prevention programme called Bluehats to help workers doing it tough by providing someone to talk to on-site.

O’Brien says the health checks would be voluntary and confidential, while helping put workers in touch with other support services when needed.

"Seeing a GP or nurse is often the first step in talking about something that’s been bothering you physically or mentally," he said.

"Incolink Health Checks can help provide peace of mind to workers, or deliver an early warning to consider lifestyle changes or seek further advice."

To register interest, visit: www.incolink.org.au/wellbeing-support-services/incolink-bus/


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