Community-based Men's Sheds: Promoting male health, wellbeing and social inclusion in an international context

Reinie Cordier*, Nathan J. Wilson

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Males experience greater mortality and morbidity than females in most Western countries. The Australian and Irish National Male Health Policies aim to develop a framework to address this gendered health disparity. Men's Sheds have a distinct community development philosophy and are thus identified in both policies as an ideal location to address social isolation and positively impact the health and wellbeing of males who attend. The aim of this international cross-sectional survey was to gather information about Men's Sheds, the people who attend Men's Sheds, the activities at Men's Sheds, and the social and health dimensions of Men's Sheds. Results demonstrate that Men's Sheds are contributing a dual health and social role for a range of male subgroups. In particular, Men's Sheds have an outward social focus, supporting the social and mental health needs of men; health promotion and health literacy are key features of Men's Sheds. Men's Sheds have an important role to play in addressing the gendered health disparity that males face. They serve as an exemplar to health promotion professionals of a community development context where the aims of male health policy can be actualized as one part of a wider suite of global initiatives to reduce the gendered health disparity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-493
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Promotion International
Volume29
Issue number3
Early online date6 May 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes

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