A record number of 25,000 people visited the Health and Wellness Hub at Fieldays during this years four day event.
Mobile Health who works in close partnership with the National Fieldays Society piloted the Health Hub in 2017, and since then it has gone from strength to strength. The goal was to house all the existing health organisations under one roof, each organisation working together to interest and inform people about their health and wellbeing.
Mark Eager, Mobile Health Chief Executive says “People living in rural and remote areas often have less access to health services compared to those living in urban centers. They are more likely to delay seeking advice or treatment so its important that we take every opportunity to encourage the rural community to think, and act on improving their health and wellbeing. The Fieldays Health and Wellbeing Hub is an ideal opportunity to do this.”
Mobile Health Communications Manager Andrew Panckhurst says “Outcomes are hard to objectively measure especially on areas such as mental health, but from feedback we do receive it is clear the hub makes a big difference. In 2017 one exhibitor FirstCheck found 10 skin cancers in the demonstrations that they ran. In 2018 over 15% of people checked by MoleMap had skin cancer. In 2019 we are already hearing of stories such as Taylah Foden who following a free blood sugar checks by the diabetes team from Waikato DHB, discovered she had diabetes. Multiply that by 25,000 visitors and thats a big impact being made.”
This year over 30 organisations participated in the hub, each with their own unique take on providing interactive and informative information to help the public make a positive step towards better health.
Mobile Health, Ryman Healthcare, The Barter Barber, Massey University College of Health, Massey University School of Sport Exercise and Nutrition, Bay Audiology, Dalton International, Mole Map NZ Ltd, Homecare Medical, Ministry of Social Development, Aspire Chiropractic, Triton Hearing, Plunket, NZ College of Midwives, Age Concern New Zealand, Diabetes New Zealand, NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards, Rural Women, The New Zealand Sepsis Trust, Waikato District Health Board, Cardiology and cardiothoracics, Critical Care Department, Renal & Diabetes Services, WaiKids, YouthIntact, Mental Health, Melanoma New Zealand, Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand, Rural Support Trust, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, New Zealand Rural General Practice Network.