After noticing that only two to three men sought wellbeing support for every seven to eight women, Health Improvement Practioner (HIP) Jo Crump created the St Martins Medical Practice Bloke’s Bash in late February.

Male patients aged over 18 years old and enrolled with St Martins Medical Practice were invited to an afternoon that showcased the diverse team of health clinicians that operate out of the Wilsons Road practice. As well as general practitioners and a team of nurses, men could chat with an occupational therapist, physiotherapist, dietitian, HIP and health coach.

“It is really important that men are supported to make choices that are in line with their values and what matters to them. Choices that enable them to be the person they want to be,” Jo said.

“An event like the Bloke’s Bash creates an opportunity to showcase what a practice can offer, and to deliver healthcare a bit differently,” she said.

Jo who has a background as an Emergency Department nurse and has been in the HIP role for 15 months, shares that she has always been interested in the low number of males presenting suggesting it would be beneficial to try and improve the engagement that men of all ages have with their practice.

“People do not know what they do not know and an event like this helps to make services more widely known and creates an opportunity to engage men and chat about what is possible,” Jo said.

Ex-Canterbury Crusader, Adam Whitelock, gave a thoughtful and inspiring talk, sharing some of the practical tips he employs to make sure that his wellbeing is looked after. As well as limiting device time and making time for himself, separate from his family and work demands, Adam shared that his goal is to wake up with purpose and go to bed with satisfaction.

“When the pressure is on, have a plan and focus on what you can control,” Adam said.