Docceroos - The Australian Medical Football Team
The Docceroos is a team of medical practitioners who meet regularly to play football and to share our passion for medicine and sport. We are always looking to have an impact both on and off the field. Over the years we have been active in supporting (raising awareness, charitable donations etc.) for many different organisations both locally and the national/international stage.
Causes the Docceroos have supported in the past few years:
Possible Dreams International – Donate — Possible Dreams International
“Possible Dreams International, Inc is a non-profit organisation which partners with rural and remote communities in the Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland), Southern Africa to empower families and individuals living with extreme poverty, malnutrition and endemic disease.”
Small Steps 4 Hannah – Small Steps 4 Hannah – Help HALT Domestic & Family Violence
The Small Steps 4 Hannah Foundation exists to HALT the cycle of domestic violence so that everyone can feel respected, informed, confident to act, and safe.
The Common Good – The Common Good – People Powering Medical Discoveries
“Join The Common Good and help power life-changing medical research.”
Transplant Australia – Home – Transplant Australia
“Transplant Australia is a charity which supports transplant recipients and their families; people on the waiting list, donor families, living donors, healthcare professionals and all those touched by organ and tissue donation.”
Previous support campaigns:
Docceroos and Men’s Preventative Health
In 2009, the Docceroos were invited to assist in awareness campaigns and partake in various health promotion activities.
It has been a tremendous honour and privilege to be involved in the following campaigns and assist in their quest to promote healthier lifestyles amongst men: “The M5 Project”, “Blue September” and “International Mens Health Week.
These awareness campaigns centre on the power of prevention.
Their messages resonate with the Docceroos at both professional and personal levels.
These are important initiatives and we will continue working to raise awareness about the value of men’s preventative health. We hope to play some part in encouraging more men to commit to some important preventative health practices. Finding some gaps in defence might help us all score a few more goals.
The M5 Project
5 men die every hour in Australia from potentially preventable illnesses.
The M5 Project is a movement in 2009 that aimed to change the mindset of Australian men. It invited all Australians to spread the word about prevention. In 2009, The M5 Project was managed by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners as their GPs are at the forefront of dealing with men’s health issues every day.
“Men can take five preventive steps:
Share your family history with your GP
Know your healthy weight
Check your blood pressure
Stop smoking – it’s the only health option
Maintain a healthy mind and a healthy body”
“It takes five minutes to get involved and get people thinking”
International Mens Health Week
In June of each year, IMHW celebrates the positive roles men and boys play in our society and encourages us all to be part of advocating for better male health.
IMHW encourages all men to consider the benefits of a proactive approach to their health.
The common potentially preventable illnesses that men are asked to consider include Prostate Cancer, Depression, Heart Disease, Lung Cancer, Stroke, Bowel cancer and Diabetes.
This proactive approach means engaging in some important preventative health practices, in particular:
Finding a GP
Seeing your GP regularly to talk about prevention, physical illness and mental distress.
Aiming for your ideal body weight
Seeking help for alcohol or drug misuse Maintaining a healthy mind and healthy relationships
A well known and widely celebrated Australian awareness campaign, Blue September reminds men of cancer specific preventative practices and also the value of:
check-ups with your doctor for age appropriate cancer screening,
becoming aware of cancer symptoms
seeking medical attention when symptoms appear
“By detecting cancer in its early stages you increase your chances of beating the disease. Be aware of the following symptoms and if you notice anything go and see your doctor immediately.
Lumps, sores or ulcers that don’t heal
Coughs that don’t go away or which show blood, or hoarseness that hangs around
A loss in weight that can’t be explained
Moles that have changed shape, size or colour, or bleed, or an inflamed skin sore that hasn’t healed
Blood in a bowel motion
Persistent changes in toilet habits
Urinary problems or changes.
These symptoms are often related to more common, less serious health problems. However, if you notice any unusual changes, or these symptoms persist, please visit your doctor.”
Simple changes to your lifestyle can make a big difference to your health.