Community men’s shed focus on men’s health and wellbeing

Yanchep Community Men's Shed's men's health day. Pictures: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493958
Yanchep Community Men's Shed's men's health day. Pictures: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493958

DOZENS of men and women learnt the importance of men’s health and wellbeing at a Yanchep Community Men’s Shed event last week.

The men’s shed played host to 43 people including patron and Butler MLA John Quigley, Wanneroo Deputy Mayor Nat Sangalli and councillor Sonet Coetzee on June 14 at the Yanchep Sports and Social Club.

There were several speakers who talked about prostate cancer, ‘talk to a mate’ and keeping active.

Ian Murray from the Prostate Foundation of Australia.

The men’s shed received a grant from the Health Department as part of the WA Men’s Health and Wellbeing Policy launch.

Secretary Anne Purdy said the second annual Men’s Health and Wellbeing Day drew more attendees than last year.

“Men’s health and wellbeing is a hard subject to get across to men in the community, and to get them to events like this, so having 42 attendees is a starting point to build on,” she said.

“The audience gave some examples of their friends and family who had left it too late.

“What was evident was the camaraderie between the men of the YCMS and they presented to the audience the benefits they get out of going to the shed and ‘having a go’.

“They have made some great friendships and they look after each other in ‘sickness and in health’.”

She said the main message was for men to get their health issues looked at earlier rather than later when it could be too late.

For information, visit yanchep.mensshedswa.org.au .

City of Wanneroo Deputy Mayor Nat Sangalli, Men’s Shed of WA veterans project officer Bob Coventry and Yanchep Community Men’s Shed’s Anne Purdy.