Taking care of our Tatiara Tradies

Tradies from around the Tatiara were well taken care of in ‘National Tradies Health Month’. 

Almost 40 tradies from around the district gathered at Tatiara Truck and Trailers Bordertown at 6.30am on Thursday August 9. 

The morning consisted of a healthy breakfast, morning stretch and a talk focussed on improving the health of tradies in the Tatiara. 

Good Country Physiotherapy organised the event as part of the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s (APA) ‘National Tradies Health Month’, a campaign existing to increase health awareness among Australian tradies. 

Research from the APA shows that Aussie tradies are twice as likely to look after their tools rather than themselves, despite having one of the highest injury rates of any occupation. 

APA national president Phil Calvert said too many tradies live with the attitude that injuries are part and parcel of the job. 

“Many tradies are not seeking treatment or are delaying treatment until their injury becomes a much bigger and more complex issue,” Mr Calvert said.

“We know that lower back pain, knee and shoulder issues are common, yet almost a quarter (22 per cent) of tradies in our survey said they didn’t seek assistance from a health professional for their injury, which led to a longer recovery time or chronic injury.”

Mr Calvert also said a proper warm-up before work including appropriate stretching and using correct lifting techniques could help prevent injuries.

“While health and safety messages are getting through - with 68 per cent saying they follow safe lifting guidelines - only 23 per cent of tradies said they warm up before they start work.”

Lusher’s Labyrinth Bordertown owner Jarryd Lusher showed the Tatiara tradies appropriate stretching techniques that could be practised before work to help minimise workplace injury. 

Good Country Physiotherapy physiotherapist Kieran O’Donovan spoke to the tradies about the importance of maintaining ongoing good physical health. 

Mr O’Donovan also took the time to praise the work of the Tatiara District Council for supporting the event and helping with organisation.

“The council has shown a real interest in promoting health initiatives with the community and this should be acknowledged,” Mr O’Donovan noted. 

Event organisers would also like to thank Blue Lake Milling, the Bordertown Fruit Market and Linda’s Coffee Run for supplying the event’s healthy breakfast. 

Two further events are planned in Keith on Wednesday August 22 and Naracoorte on August 21.

For more information contact Good Country Physiotherapy on 8755 1530 (Keith) or 8762 1515 (Naracoorte).