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Movember brings hairy care at private hospitals

Patients and visitors to Mayo and Forster Private Hospitals may have been seeing some scary sights during November.

Both hospitals are supporting Movember to help raise awareness and funds for men's health.

Several staff have chosen to grow a mo while others have chosen to organise weekly raffles, sponsored by local businesses.

The month's activities will culminate in a friendly cricket match of two teams comprising cross-hospital membership.

The hospitals' Movember team, "the Midcoast Choppers", is captained by Mr Craig Johnston, Director of Clinical Services at Mayo Private.

"I have a personal passion for raising awareness for men's health. We males are so renowned for leaving it too late to seek help for our physical and mental health that a global awareness campaign had to be started. That's pretty bad," Craig said.

Craig's supported by colleague, Kyle Extrem, who is keen to motivate younger males to take their personal health more seriously.

"Our area has some concerning statistics for men's health, particularly mental health, so it's even more important that we locals get behind this to get local men taking ownership of their health and seeking help before it becomes a bigger problem than necessary," Kyle said.

Mr Ben Uprichard, Regional CEO for Mayo and Forster Private Hospitals, is a strong supporter of the month's Movember activities.

"It's been an exceptionally difficult year for everyone and a major concern is that we blokes have been even more reluctant than usual to look after our health," Mr Uprichard said.

"Movember is a big reminder that we can't keep pretending we're ok if we're not!" We have some great health practitioners in our area; we need to let them help us."

If you'd like to make a donation and help support the team in reaching it's target of $2000, visit