Mens Wellbeing – Nationally Based Sites & Reports
Health Direct Government supported site for health issues covering information such as diet and being overweight, prostate cancer, sexual health and mental health
Andrology Australia provides support on excellence in healthy reproductive males
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the national body for prostate cancer in Australia. The PCFA plays a vital role in the fight against prostate cancer and devotes all of it
Mens Health Australia is a primary source of information about the psychological and social wellbeing of men and boys
Mens Line supporting men and their families 24 hours 7 days a week
Mens Health Peer Education provided by Veterans Affairs provides * helpful information on health and lifestyle issues * online Mens Health Peer Education manual * contact details for obtaining more information
Menslink supporting young men in their development by providing appropriate and professional services with outreach activities in the Australian Capital Territory and parts of regional southern New South Wales
National Heart Foundation is an Australian organisation devoted to saving lives and improving health through funding world-class cardiovascular research, providing guidelines for health professionals, and informing the public and assisting people with cardiovascular disease
Australian Tinnitus Assocation Tinnitus is ringing in the ears and it can be damn annoying. The Americans are at the forefront of research into tinnitus. See the American Tinnitus Association Sarah Avery reports in an american newpaper on work at Duke University to use music to help cure the effects of tinnitus
Prostmate Doug Crawford provided this link to Prostmate. They provide online advice and support about prostate issues. To get support you need to sign up but its free. This then allows you to connect and talk to professional nurses about prostate problems. The site is provided by Australian Prostate Cancer Research. Urologist Professor Tony Costello at the Royal Melbourne Hospital is involved in this site and an associated Health Clinic for Men
ABC Health & Wellbeing site Some good general advice
Mens Sheds and Mens Health
Shed members and others might be interested in an article on Men’s Sheds, written by two Australian authors Reinie Cordier and Nathan Wilson (of James Cook University and the University of Sydney respectively) and published in the journal Health Promotion International published May 6, 2013 by Oxford University Press.
The article is 11 pages long and quite technical with quite an amount of statistical analysis. Its titled “Community-based Men’s Sheds: promoting male health, wellbeing and social inclusion in an international context”. The article makes the point that males experience greater mortality and morbidity than females in most Western countries and explores the role Men’s Sheds play in helping to address this.
The Australian and Irish National Male Health Policies aim to develop a framework to address this gendered health disparity. Men’s Sheds have a distinct community development philosophy and are thus identified in both policies as an ideal location to address social isolation and positively impact the health and wellbeing of males who attend.
The Abstract says:
“Males experience greater mortality and morbidity than females in most Western countries. The Australian and Irish National Male Health Policies aim to develop a framework to address this gendered health disparity. Men’s Sheds have a distinct community development philosophy and are thus identified in both policies as an ideal location to address social isolation and positively impact the health and wellbeing of males who attend. The aim of this international cross-sectional survey was to gather information about Men’s Sheds, the people who attend Men’s Sheds, the activities at Men’s Sheds, and the social and health dimensions of Men’s Sheds. Results demonstrate that Men’s Sheds are contributing a dual health and social role for a range of male subgroups. In particular, Men’s Sheds have an outward social focus, supporting the social and mental health needs of men; health promotion and health literacy are key features of Men’s Sheds. Men’s Sheds have an important role to play in addressing the gendered health disparity that males face. They serve as an exemplar to health promotion professionals of a community development context where the aims of male health policy can be actualized as one part of a wider suite of global initiatives to reduce the gendered health disparity.”
You can download the full article in pdf format by clicking here. However you will have to contact Oxford University Press for a logon account
National Male Health Policy From Gary Green of the Orbost Mens Shed, VMSA, AMSA.
Hi all – great news yesterday for shedders and Men’s Health in general. $16.7 million was announced as being attached to the National Male Health Policy. Kevin Rudd launched the Policy at the Whittlesea Men’s Shed here in Victoria. At last we (us blokes) are being recognised as forming approximately 50% of the population yet not receiving 50% of the funding in the past. Maybe we can now begin to close the gap between the life expectancy of females to males (currently still about 4 to 5 years me thinks)! Maybe the Australian community will now recognise that men are not just about whether we can get it up or our prostate. John McDonald and his team from the Australian Men’s Health Forum must be so pleased! Congratulations John and Anthony (Brown) and others (who I don’t know) who have fought this fight so hard and for so long! Lots of us have been at the coalface but they (and many others) have been at the front doing the fighting! This is truly a momentous day for Men’s Health in this country.
With $3 million (of the $16.7m) going towards the Australian Men’s Shed Association the AMSA is very pleased with the outcome. This represents the culmination of a lot of hard work that has been done by shedders from across the country, by many on the committees representing these shedders, but most of all, by David Helmers (AMSA Executive Officer) who has worked towards this from day 1. I don’t know how to clap hands in an email but David deserves a huge applause from all of us! Men’s Shedders from all over should be proud to have been part if this initiative. The AMSA can now get on with the job of supporting Men’s Sheds without wondering where the dollars are to undertake the support.
The following text is from page 16 of the document “Building on the Strengths of Australian Males”:
“Healthy social networks experienced by single males, and indeed all males, provide males with positive benefits similar to those of a successful marriage or committed couple relationship ……. During consultations, the importance of groups such as ‘men’s sheds’ were mentioned as helping to alleviate social isolation, especially for some older males.
Recognising this important role in helping alleviate social isolation, the Australian Government will invest $3 million over four years to support the Australian Men’s Sheds Association develop national infrastructure aimed at ensuring its future sustainability. This investment will result in a series of projects that will impact on the local level.“
There are several excellent reports outlining how Mens Sheds can greatly assist in improving the overall state of mens health
Men Sheds — a Strategy to Improve Men’s Health, prepared by Assoc Prof Gary Misan. To Download and View the report please Click Here [Note: the report is a very large file approx. 8MB]
This report is the very latest serious look at this men’s shed phenomenon that is taking Australia and the world by storm. Prof Mison has especially connected the major physical, mental and emotional benefits that become available to men of all ages and health levels through access to a mens shed.
The report clarifies, for funding bodies, the many reasons why funding should be made available for the set up of community men’s sheds! This is essential reading for all those that think a men’s shed is just a place for men to just hang out!
Australian men suffer poorer health outcomes on most measures of health status when compared with women. This disparity increases with remoteness and is particularly evident in Indigenous men. Older, retired or unemployed men, men with limited education, with lower levels of health literacy and from disadvantaged socio- economic backgrounds are most at risk. Factors including services not being offered in male specific or male friendly environments act as barriers to health service engagement of these men. Community men’s sheds cater for older, retired men and are thought to offer social, emotional and other benefits to men who participate in them