Men and Women Challenged to Pass the Pits

Roma and Maranoa residents are being urged to pass the “pits” at the Roma Saleyards on 11 October to promote the idea of maintaining their bodies at optimum performance.


South West Hospital and Health Service mental health Regional Adversity Coordinator Gavin Johannesen says the Pit Stop concept likened the human body to a car engine.

“There will be health and nutrition advice, as well as mental health, alcohol and other drugs services available,’’ he said. “There will also be staff specialising in women’s health issues.”

“Men and women attending the Pit Stop will be able to have their oil levels (blood pressure) tested, their torsion (flexibility) and bodywork (breast care) checked, asked if they check their spark plugs (testicles), or if their ‘shockies’ (stress management techniques) are up to scratch.”

“Using car references and the mechanical concept of a Pit Stop brings an element of humour to men’s and women’s health, removes it from a clinical setting and encourages people to participate.”

“We want to get people thinking more about their health and looking after themselves.”

“Men, for instance, are one of the sickest groups in society, with the rate of preventable deaths in Queensland males about twice as high as for females.”

“So, the challenge is on for men and women in the Maranoa to come along and see if their body will pass through the pits with flying colours or be issued with a yellow sticker for follow-up maintenance.”

The 11th October Pit Stop will be held at the Roma Saleyards will be held between 7am and 11am and is supported by the South West HHS, the Maranoa Regional Council, Drug ARM and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.