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Switched-on Sam

I understand the biggest risks to my health and limit them as best I can. I don’t smoke, limit how much I drink and know my family history when it comes to certain health conditions. I know workplace injuries are a huge contributor to injury in men and so I speak up about my concerns when it comes to certain tasks on-site.

What are the benefits of getting switched-on?

Risk-taking behaviour is when you do things that will have an outcome that you can’t predict, and men are more likely than women to do it. Just because a behaviour is common or cool doesn’t make it okay for your health. Switch on and swerve these risks...


How do you become a Switched-on Sam?

Hit the start button on these small habits to reduce risk taking.

Start with small changes

Start with small changes

Recognising harmful drinking habits can be challenging, and it’s not always as clear-cut as hitting ‘rock bottom’.

Sam’s helpful hint

Compare your consumption to the guidelines (no more than ten standard drinks a week and no more than four standard drinks on any day) and consider how your booze habits impact your day to day.

Sam’s helpful hint

Remember your why

Remember your why

If you are struggling to quit cigarettes or vaping, focusing on the health and financial benefits can help you stay smoke-free.

Sam’s helpful hint

Reach out to family and friends for support and distract yourself with new activities.

Sam’s helpful hint

Get sun smart

Get sun smart

When in the sun, use all five forms of sun protection — slip-on covering clothing, slop on SPF 30 (or higher) sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slide on some sunnies.

Sam’s helpful hint

Regularly check your skin for new spots or changes to existing spots, and talk to a GP if you have any concerns.

Sam’s helpful hint

Wrap it up

Wrap it up

Sometimes, there are no signs that you or your sexual partner has an STI. Always use a condom during sexual activity and get regular sexual health checkups.

Sam’s helpful hint

Get tested at your GP or a sexual health clinic every six to 12 months and when you change partners.

Sam’s helpful hint

Enact a self-ban

Enact a self-ban

Avoid high-risk situations like using gaming venues for socialising, using credit cards, taking out loans or carrying large amounts of money with you.

Sam’s helpful hint

If you’re concerned about your gambling habits, organise a self-ban with many gambling establishments.

Sam’s helpful hint

Save PBs for the gym

Save PBs for the gym

The majority of workplace injuries occur from lifting, pulling or pushing actions.

Sam’s helpful hint

If it's too heavy, ask for help.

Sam’s helpful hint

Men's Health Week Ambassador

Callum MacPherson

A journalist by trade and founder of the Young Blood Men's Mental Health podcast, Callum is dedicated to sharing the stories of men under 40 and their struggles, emotions and life lessons, to show that no matter what we go through we’re not alone. The podcast is a preventable health strategy that promotes community mental health awareness and seeks to increase mental health literacy through shared lived experience.

Heroes don’t work alone and neither do healthy habits…

Switched-on Sam’s habits make him a Good Health Hero but being healthy is more than getting active. Meet the other heroes, learn about their habits and combine their powers to become a Good Health SUPERHero.

Think you're invincible?

Find out which health habits you're nailing and the ones that need work.

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Help spread the word about the small steps men can take to build up better health. Share an infographic, hashtag your healthy heroics and start a conversation about men’s health with those close to you to encourage awareness and action amongst your community, for the benefit of all Australians.

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