Hastings Menshed partner with Birpai Aboriginal Land Council
The Hastings Menshed and members of the Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council have come together to participate in a combined event which will become a regular occasion. The main objective of the day was to provide an opportunity for indigenous men to experience the workings of a successful menshed. At the same time men were able to listen to experienced health professionals discuss the sometimes sensitive area of mens’ health. During the day, Hastings Menshed members assisted indigenous men to build some bird nesting boxes, the design of which offered a high degree of protection from the feral Myrna bird and other noxious species.
According to Mensheds Australia, Chief Executive Officer, Mr Alex Petridis there are nearly 1000 mensheds operating across Australia, 5 of which are in the Port Macquarie Hastings Local Government area.
“Mensheds Australia is particularly grateful for the financial support being provided by the Department of Health and Ageing in assisting us to get this event off the ground”.
“In addition to encouraging men to remain active and interested, the Men’s Shed movement seeks to raise awareness about men’s health issues and to build programs that promote the good health and wellbeing of men. Unfortunately men’s health is not a topic that is regularly discussed by men and the informal environment provided by mensheds has proven to be very successful in stimulating these types of discussions”, said Mr Petridis.
Mal Merrick from the Hastings Menshed and Uncle Bill O’Brien from Birpai were key contributors to the day.