Most blokes understand the consequences of poor vehicle maintenance and are usually quite particular about maintaining their machinery. However when it comes to looking after their most important piece of machinery—themselves—men often overlook preventative maintenance and an annual service. So this Men’s Health Week (June 12-19) the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) is using their male health initiative Spanner in the Works? to encourage men of all ages to do a rego check on their health and wellbeing.
“Five Australian men die every hour from potentially preventable causes, which is such an alarming statistic when it boils down to men being proactive about their health and wellbeing,” said David Helmers, AMSA Executive Officer.
Promoting good preventative care and a few necessary adjustments to achieving a longer and happier life, Spanner in the Works? uses the analogy of a machine man to bring positive health and wellbeing to the attention of Australian men. The male health initiative was launched by AMSA to provide Men’s Shed members with a non-threatening platform advocating for a proactive approach to positive health and wellbeing, as well as a full annual check-up with a local GP.
The Spanner in the Works? health check program is regularly run by Men’s Sheds across Australia, and just last week the initiative was launched in Ireland by the Irish Men’s Shed Association.
“Spanner in the Works? has been highly successful in engaging men by providing a health snapshot and increasing levels of health literacy,” said Gary Green, AMSA Community Engagement Manager.
“Men seem to like their health information without the fuss so we keep information short and sweet to make health choices relevant and achievable.”
The Spanner in the Works? website is a resource for men of all ages to access health information from over 52 health partner organisations, from the comfort of their own device. Visit malehealth.org.au to find out more.