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Curragh leads cancer prevention message

The launch of a newly painted 793F truck tray at Thiess’ Curragh operation has marked the beginning of the team’s two-month cancer prevention campaign.


Coloured blue and pink for Prostate and Breast Cancer, the tray aimed to raise awareness of early prevention and encourage regular health checks.
More than 100 employees attended the unveiling of the truck tray, hearing important prevention messages from Thiess Chief Medical Advisor Doctor Robert McCartney and local Breast and Prostate Cancer Association nurses.
Curragh Project Manager James Armstrong said the initiative was a great example of how Thiess’ Curragh project, health and community teams had come together to build a campaign that engages employees at work and links them up with services in their local community.
“There have been many people who made this project possible, and I would like to recognise their outstanding efforts to draw this important campaign together,” James said.
“Birthed from a simple idea of painting a tray to raise awareness, we’ve built an entire prevention campaign, allowing people to take the lead on their health, but also go home and know how to help their family and friends do the same.”
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Education sessions will be held across the site throughout May and June including information on prostate, breast, bowel and skin cancer detection. Curragh employees will also have access to free skin health checks.
Blackwater and Emerald Cancer Prevention Nurse Joanne Oughton said they were proud to help deliver the education sessions to Thiess employees and spend time on site to launch the commemorative truck tray.
“We enjoyed our visit to Curragh North and speaking with the Thiess team. The visit was a great way to deepen our understanding of mining, and we enjoyed the good energy, welcoming and interest in our work by the whole crew,” Joanne said.
The Thiess project team recognised the ongoing service of the Breast and Prostate Cancer Association to the local community with a campaign-led donation.