International Men's Health Week is celebrated every year around the world. It is an important opportunity to highlight the importance of men's health, and to promote and support the health and wellbeing of men and boys in our communities.
Men's Health Week focuses on not just physical health, but also men's mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Our conversation with Robert Manning is one that every man and women should attend to provoke thought and discussion about what needs to be done to improve male health.
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Rob was raised to believe IF IT IS TO BE IT IS UP TO ME and Those that need help should get help & Those who can help should help.
Rob also knows that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west and he wants to see as many of each as possible.
On New Year’s Eve in 2021, Rob received a life-saving liver transplant.
Two weeks earlier, he had been placed on life support in the Intensive Care Unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. His liver and kidneys were failing as a result of an autoimmune disease that he had been diagnosed with in April of 2021. he awoke in January of 2022 with a new liver, oblivious to the events of the previous 2 weeks.
During this time, he describe the challenge his family had to face as a “Sliding Doors moment” – whether he would become an organ recipient or an organ donor. he now dedicates his time to spreading awareness of the importance of registering for organ donation and making wishes of donation known to family.
Most importantly, Rob aims to use his endeavours to express gratitude to families of organ donors on behalf of recipients, because “without donation, life-saving transplants can’t occur.”