IT was not your typical Aussie barbecue at the Kinross Woolshed Hotel yesterday.
Thongs and singlets were not part of the attire as the Big Aussie Barbie aimed to encourage men to talk about their health and raise awareness about prostate cancer.
AFL premiership coach David Parkin shared his story to about 50 men who attended to support the cause.
Mr Parkin battled prostate cancer and he lost both his father and grandfather to it too.
The 70-year-old said it was important for men to be proactive and look at their family history.
“There are a number of men I have talked to whose fathers are dead and they don’t know why,” Mr Parkin said.
“You’d be astounded so it’s so important to look into family history and know what have been the problems in the past.”
He said now was the time to take action because in the next 12 months more men would die from prostate cancer than women would from breast cancer.
“That’s not to say the disease is worse but it shows how much more awareness needs to be raised,” Mr Parkin said.
The former coach said the problem was men talked side by side while women talked face to face.
He wanted to eradicate the idea a man would be weak and not “tough” or “macho” if he talked about health.
“It’s a generational change for men speaking up I tell you,” Mr Parkin said.