Minister launches Garvan Alcoa community health partnership
07 August 2007
On 7 August, Minister for Science and Medical Research, the Hon. Verity Firth, officially launched an innovative partnership between Garvan and local aluminium recycler and manufacturer Alcoa.
A Garvan representative visited Alcoa's Yennora plant to deliver customised interactive presentations to workers about diseases such as prostate cancer, osteoporosis and diabetes.
Alcoa machine operator and Fairfield resident George Wetton said the presentations were very popular. "Most employees are male and middle aged so the information was very relevant. Men often aren't keen to talk about their health or ask questions. The presentations have given them valuable information and practical suggestions on prevention that they can take home and share with their families," he said.
Garvan Institute of Medical Research Executive Director Professor John Shine welcomes the new initiative. "Garvan is all about breakthrough medical research and delivering positive health outcomes to the community. The Alcoa employee seminars have allowed us to extend our community outreach program off site and into the corporate sector."