6 April  2018

Better Health at the Noosa Men’s Shed

The Noosa Men’s Shed has been awarded a grant of $3,880 from the Coalition Government to expand their activities under the Government’s National Shed Development Programme.

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today congratulated the Noosa Men’s Shed for their successful application.

“The Noosa Men’s Shed will use its grant towards providing first aid training courses and health improvement activities.  The Men’s Shed will also host a regional Men’s Health Expo in June 2018 which will feature the health literacy program “Spanner in the Works”,  Mr O’Brien said.

“Many men can be reluctant to have regular physical or mental health check ups, which can often have a significant impact on their social and personal relationships.

“The Spanner in the Works program aims to change all that by encouraging men of all ages to take a more proactive role in their own health,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I congratulate Noosa Men’s Shed on their success and wish them well in the delivery of the program and training.  I trust that it makes a positive difference to all participants.”

Heath Minister Greg Hunt said although mental illness affects both men and women, men are less likely to seek help or talk about their feelings. 

In 2016, the rate of suicide among Australian males was more than three times that of females.

 “Feeling part of a social group is important to our emotional health and every day Men’s Sheds around the country provide men with an opportunity for companionship,” Minister Hunt said.

(ENDS)