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Male Health – what’s going on - 3
Finding and following 58,000 males to investigate their health – The University of Melbourne’s Longitudinal Study on Male Health – Dr Dianne Currier, Robert Lukins
Ten To Men is an Australia-wide study of the health and lifestyles of 58,000 Australian males aged between 10 and 55. The first of its kind, the study will follow participants over time and provide an important resource for improving the health of Australian men and boys. http://tentomen.org.au/
The study – known as “Ten To Men” – plans to follow the health of a large group of men and boys over time, beginning in 2012 and then re-contacting them every three years to collect updates on their health and lifestyle. The results of this study will be used to improve government health policies and programs for Australian boys and men.
The Men’s Shed Movement – where its at and where its heading? – Professor Barry Golding
Professor Golding is Associate Dean Research in the School of Education and Arts, University of Ballarat. Professor Golding is a Patron of the Men’s Shed. There are more than 1000 sheds in existence with over 870 sheds in Australia. The Men’s Shed website offers a great search tool to allow men to source a shed in their area. The website http://www.mensshed.org/home/.aspx or 1300 550 009. The modern Men’s Shed is an updated version of the shed in the backyard that has long been a part of Australian culture. Men’s Sheds are springing up all around Australia. If you looked inside one you might see a number of men restoring furniture, perhaps restoring bicycles for a local school, maybe making Mynah bird traps or fixing lawn mowers or making a kids cubby house for Camp Quality to raffle. You might also see a few young men working with the older men learning new skills and maybe also learning something about life from the men they work with. You will see tea-bags, coffee cups and a comfortable area where men can sit and talk. You will probably also see an area where men can learn to cook for themselves or they can learn how to contact their families by computer. Beyondblue has also developed an online version called The Shed Online www.theshedonline.org.au
The Shed Online is an online social community for men, founded by beyondblue: the national depression initiative, The Movember Foundation and the Australian Men’s Shed Association.
Like the original Men’s Sheds, The Shed Online is a place for men to socialise, network, make friends and share skills. It aims to recreate the atmosphere of “real life” Men Sheds – a safe space where men can feel confident to discuss and exchange information. The Shed Online aims to foster a sense of community and build men’s social networks.
In addition to being a place for men to interact with other men The Shed Online also provides men with information on health and well-being. Good health is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, being productive and valuable to your community, connecting with friends and maintaining an active body and mind. Becoming a member of The Shed Online gives men a safe environment where they can find many of these things in the spirit of “old-fashioned mateship”.
As The Shed Online is an online tool, no contact phone numbers are provided for questions. Visit the website instead.