Health authorities have called for more men to seek coronavirus tests at respiratory clinics in Orange and across western NSW.
Figures show men and boys have made up only about 42 per cent of the more than 1000 people to have sought the test at the GP-led clinics.
Orange's clinic, in portable buildings outside the Bloomfield Medical Centre, has seen more than 90 people go for tests in the first week of operation.
None who have received results have tested positive.
Girls are definitely being more careful about their health than the boys.Andrew Harvey, CEO, WNSW PHN
Western NSW Primary Health Network CEO Andrew Harvey said women were being more "careful about their health" than men.
"Traditionally, Australian men have had a 'she'll be right mate' approach to their health, which definitely needs to change, and there's no better time to change it than right now," he said.
"With more than 1000 people being tested across the Commonwealth funded Respiratory Clinic sites in the last month, that's obviously a brilliant response from the public, but the girls are definitely being more careful about their health than the boys."
A spokesman for the Western NSW Primary Health Network said 65 per cent of people tested in the region were aged 17-65 years.
He said just 10 per cent were under 17.
And there has been a handful of people who sought tests but were deemed not to need them as they were not showing any of the telltale symptoms for testing.
Apart from Orange there are respiratory clinics in Bathurst, Broken Hill, Cobar, Cowra, Dubbo and Mudgee.
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