Men's health at forefront during Men's Health Week

Men at work: Victor Harbor Men's Shed members and Estia Health residents hard at work crafting comfort crosses and kids toys for the local community and those in need overseas in Cambodia.
Men at work: Victor Harbor Men's Shed members and Estia Health residents hard at work crafting comfort crosses and kids toys for the local community and those in need overseas in Cambodia.

Men's health issues are being brought to the forefront of conversations around the world, as part of the international Men's Health Week, run from June 10-16.

In Australia, Men's Health Week provides a platform for challenging and debating key issues in men's health and to raise the profile of men, their health outcomes and health needs every June.

The week aims to celebrate the strengths of men, the contributions they make and the important role they play in society.

The Australian Men's Shed Association (AMSA) is taking the opportunity to remind Australian men their 'annual service' is due.

"There's still a great deal of stigma around many men's health issues. Men's Health Week is an opportunity for us to encourage men to take notice and play an active part in maintaining good health and wellbeing," said AMSA Executive Officer David Helmers.

AMSA's male health initiative aims to provide members with a non-threatening platform advocating for a proactive approach to health and wellbeing.

For the blokes at the Victor Harbor Men's Shed, discussing health issues, checking in with one another and contributing to the local community is business as usual, but the week serves as a good reminder that there are often men in need of support or doing it tough.

Welfare Officer at the Victor Harbor Men's Shed, Bill Harris said Men's Health Week is an important event on the calendar.

"One of the things that people often don't realise is that men's sheds have a specific interest in men's health," said Bill.

"The whole organisation is geared towards providing men with an opportunity to engage in healthy activity and we not only have the normal things you'd expect to find in a shed, but we also provide opportunities for men to pursue areas of concern with their health."

During a recent day, the Men's Shed had hearing specialists visit and provide hearing tests to members. Men often have a number of issues with their hearing as they age, due to their employment.

The men at Victor Harbor recently also participated in the Biggest Morning Tea, and raised money for cancer, while discussing the increasing prevalence of prostate cancer and ensuring men were aware to get tested early.

There is an increasing understanding of mental health in today's society and the Men's Shed also has an important role to play in this regard.

"The shed provides an excellent opportunity for guys to talk to someone they feel comfortable with, because they can relate to one another and share their problems and treatments in ways they may not be comfortable doing in other groups," said Bill.