Bowel cancer screening program participation rising

Participation rates in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program are higher than last year, according to a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: Monitoring Report 2013–14.

Between July 2013 and June 2014, 1.4 million people aged 50, 55, 60 or 65 years were invited to take part in the program. Of these, 36% returned their screening kits compared with 33.4% in the previous year.

View the report at: www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id= 60129551421

Blue-collar workers targeted in mental health campaign

beyondblue has launched a new mental health campaign aimed at ‘blue-collar’ men. This group do not often seek help for depression or anxiety or anxiety, with more than 25% thinking that men with these conditions are ‘soft’ and that seeking help is a sign of weakness.

The character of Davo will be introduced in advertising, bringing humour to a serious issue. He will show blue-collar workers that depression is nothing to be ashamed of and that support is available.

More information is available at: www.mantherapy.org.au/davo