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OzHelp Foundation: Tradies Tune-Up Program

The Tradies Tune Up program is a series of health checks directed at men in construction, mining and trades. he tuneup is usually run at locations where tradesman and workers frequent, including hardware stores, mining sites, and other locations.

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The program has clearly assisted building and construction workers identify their health issues - and participants support and are enthusiastic about the process...
 

The innovative Tradies Tune Up program has been developed to raise awareness of personal preventative health amongst workers in the building and construction industry (BCI). Prompted by realities such as poorer than average health outcomes, increased mortality rates, disability, and serious chronic disease amongst workers within the BCI, the Tradies Tune Up program offers a vital link to discovering better health and wellbeing.

How It Works

The tuneup is usually run at locations where tradesman and workers frequent, including hardware stores, mining sites, and other locations.

The tests conducted include

  • Cholesterol check
  • Blood pressure check
  • Weight measurement
  • Waist measurement
  • Depression awareness
  • Stress awareness
  • Blood glucose check
  • Nutrition check
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoking dependence

Each participant receives a report card outlining the results of their test with indicators as to the status compared to average.

Why It Works And What Services Can Adopt From This Model

Traditionally this audience can be hard to reach and hard to engage. There is frequently a high level of entrenched adverse behaviours including high rates of smoking, exposure to sun and poor food choices.

The Tradies Tune Up evaluation indicated that the program is highly successful in reaching the population due to:

  • being easily accessible at the locations where the target men are active
  • confidential and credible when administered by registered nurses
  • enjoyable and engaging which leads to repeat visits, behaviour change and referral to friends
  • rapid access to intervention when needed
  • low cost with just a van and three staff

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