Medical Checkup

FM: Blue Ryan

We spend a lot of time and effort on trying to ensure that the entitlements of members of the Federation are not eroded and they continue to enjoy a standard of living that reflects the Nation’s obligations to care for service men and women disabled in their service to the country.

But sometimes we forget that that is only part of the story.  We need to remember that it is also very important for each of us to try and maintain the best level of health we can achieve.  It is important because it will allow us to live a fuller and more active life with our friends and loved ones – and will cause them less concern and stress by not having to worry about how we are. 

Members of the Federation have access to a wide range of treatment programs and some are simply not taking advantage of what’s on offer.  There are tests which can help it the early detection of conditions and that early detection can significantly improve and indeed can sometimes be vital in producing successful outcomes.   It can also significantly lessen the impact on our quality of life.

Talk to your GP or other treating doctor and discuss which tests you should consider having on a yearly basis.  Some of the more common tests are:

  1. Liver function
  2. Cholesterol level – 40 and over
  3. PSA Prostate – 40 and over
  4. Digital rectal examination
  5. Thyroid
  6. Magnesium
  7. Blood pressure – 40 and over
  8. Faecal occult blood test – 50 and over
  9. Testosterone

I am sure there are many other tests but the key is to discuss it with your GP and find out which are the ones most relevant to you – and then make sure that you have them on a regular basis.

And while you are at it don’t forget to encourage your family members to do the same.  Encourage your partner and daughters to have their mammograms and pap smears and your sons to have … whatever sons have.

It is an important issue as many of our members are older than their years due to the impact of their service on their physical and mental condition.  Our families bear the brunt of having to live with our diminished capacities and we owe it to them and to ourselves to keep the rusty and creaky old units in the best shape we can.


Blue Ryan