May measure month

21 May 2019

Most people who have high blood pressure have never had it measured.

Raised blood pressure (hypertension), affects 6 million adults and is the leading cause of heart attacks, stroke and kidney disease in Australia.

Stethoscope, blood pressure monitor and wool in the shape of a heart

May measurement month (external site) is an initiative that has grown out of World Hypertension Day which falls on 17 May, to raise awareness of the issues surrounding raised blood pressure. It is important to raise awareness as it is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide.

There are often no obvious symptoms but if left untreated it can be dangerous. Although effective treatments for this condition are available, research shows only a small number of people who are affected by it have their blood pressure adequately controlled. This suggests that most people who have high blood pressure have never had it measured and are unaware of their condition.​

Professor Markus Schlaich from Dobney Hypertension Centre at UWA and Derrin Brockman spoke on RTR about hypertension and its relevance with May Measure Month, the symptoms, statistics and where to get help and support. Listen to the podcast.

Learn more about high blood pressure.

Free blood pressure checks are available at the following:

Royal Perth Hospital 

When: Tuesday 21 May – Friday 31 May, 10.00am – 2.00pm
Where: Level 3 Bridge near newsagency
Contact: Derrin Brockman 9224 0209

Fiona Stanley Hospital 

When: Tuesday 21 May – Friday 24 May, 10.00am – 2.00pm
Where: Main Concourse
Contact: Derrin Brockman 9224 0209

Curtin University

When: By appointment (on campus)
Where: Bentley
Contact: Sue Critchley 9266 1000

Murdoch University

When: By appointment (on campus)
Where: Murdoch
Contact: Michelle Buchanan 9582 5505

Notre Dame University

When: By appointment (on campus)
Where: Fremantle
Contact: Salima Omelczuk 9433 0223

F45 Midvale

When: By appointment
Where: Midvale
Contact: Tallan Ames 0408 906 406

University of Western Australia – WAMSS

When: By appointment (on campus)
Where: Nedlands
Contact: Ollie Dearsley