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The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) has now ventured further into the field of Men’s Health with the opening of a new Men’s Health website called ‘Spanner in the Works?’
The website is based on the same principles AMSA has used for the “Spanner in the Works?” Men’s Shed program – make it easy to use, male relatable, men friendly, keep it short and sweet, and add a touch of humour.
Blokes are generally recognised as not being good at looking after their own health and wellbeing. Often with regular servicing and preventative maintenance their machinery is better looked after than they look after themselves.
Stoic Aussie males also appear to have a reluctance to seek professional health help, and men are notorious for wanting their not so interesting information fast and easy. So this website (using the analogy of vehicle maintenance vs self maintenance) attempts to address these factors by providing accurate, research backed health information as quickly as possible and thus encouraging men’s health seeking behaviours.
Health is complex and we can become overwhelmed with information. This “Spanner in the Works?” website provides some key health information to men in a form that men can relate to. Each health subject has one or more direct links to the relevant web page of an Australian “Peak Body” Health Service. “Spanner in the Works?” is not about telling men what to do but sets out some things that men can do (or not do) to improve their health and their chances of a longer and happier life.
It gives men the opportunity to make adjustments as they see fit. Often minor adjustments can have a major impact on health, work and relationships with loved ones and friends – and often these adjustments relate to health lifestyle.
Visit the website here: http://malehealth.org.au
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