Doctors raising awareness for men's health

Clare Medical Centre's Dr Tod Owen and Dr Gerry Considine are taking part in Movember this year.

Clare Medical Centre's Dr Tod Owen and Dr Gerry Considine are taking part in Movember this year.

No, Chopper Read is not back from the dead and working at the Clare Medical Centre.

That's just doctors Gerry Considine and Tod Owen who have donned the iconic facial hair as part of Movember.

The pair had taken part in the annual fund-raiser in the past but had never participated as a team.

However this year, Gerry put some feelers out amongst the staff at the Medical Centre with Tod jumping on board.

"There was a bit of loose discussion in October and then Gerry was the one who got the message out there," Tod said.

"As rural GPs we see everything and treat everything, but I think it is important to keep that conversation going particularly with men because they do tend to be less likely to seek help."

While working as doctor at Wudinna on the west coast of the state, Gerry was first inspired to grow out the stache in order to help break down the stigma of seeking help.

"It was a good opportunity to raise some awareness about men's health because guys in general are a bit less likely to come into the doctors," he said.

Gerry said that Movember was a good starting point for inspiring conversations around men's health issues such as mental health and prostate cancer.

"If you have got a problem, come and see your GP or talk to some mates," he said.

Asked if they would keep growing out the lip rugs beyond the end of the month, the pair said the decision would be in the hands of their better-halves.

Both Gerry and Tod have set a target of $200 to be raised each. Donations to the team can be made here.