Griffith students give free health checks

Gold Coasters flocked to the first ever Check It Out event on Saturday August 16, a community health awareness, education and screening event run by Griffith University Health students at Southport Sharks.

Students from health disciplines including Medicine, Nutrition, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Exercise Science were available to offer members of the public a range of free health tests including blood pressure, blood sugar, BMI and cholesterol levels.

The event aimed to provide the community with the information they need to look after their health, as well as screening them for common preventable and manageable conditions such as diabetes, dyslipidaemia, hypertension and mental health.

“It was great to see a good number of people brave the bad weather to come and take control of their health,” said event organiser and second year Medicine student Cameron Harrison.

“Many people were very keen to get their health tests carried out and have their results recorded in the booklets that we provided them with. “It was also excellent experience for all the students to be able to put into practice some of the procedures they have learnt as part of their degree programs.”

Speakers from Diabetes Queensland were also in attendance at the event which was run through the student medical charity Hope4Health. “Next year we are aiming for an even bigger and better event,” said Cameron.