Health and safety on the agenda for Men’s Sheds
Men’s Sheds are often at the centre of organising events and assisting community groups. Earlier this month the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) partnered with ExxonMobil Australia to bring to shedders a sharp focus on their own health and safety.
“It is important we provide opportunities for shed members to access and share health and safety information, to empower them with practical knowledge and experiences” said David Helmers, AMSA Executive Officer.
The AMSA and ExxonMobil partnership was launched at an all-day Men’s Shed Muster on Friday 5 May at Hoppers Crossing (Victoria).
Attending shedders were enthused by keynote speaker David Parkin, and clued-up on the latest in male suicide by Glen Poole from the Stop Male Suicide Project. A pop-up expo with health and information services was available to shedders during the session breaks.
“The men’s health issues we face at the KMS [Kyneton Men’s Shed] are extensive… The importance of understanding the issues that face men on a daily basis is extensive and the information you arranged to be provided at the muster was not only informative, but for us here at KMS topics to discuss and share at our round the table chats,” said Tony Paterson, Kyneton Men’s Shed Secretary.
The ExxonMobil Men’s Shed Muster Series aims to bring together shedders to share information and network, as well as participate in workshops addressing men’s health and wellbeing.
“At ExxonMobil we recognise that improving the health and quality of life of our workers delivers benefits that go way beyond the individual, and the story is the same out in the wider community. We are proud to support the Australian Men’s Shed Association Muster Series and their work to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes in our local communities,” said Riccardo Cavallo, Manager Refining Australia and New Zealand.
AMSA and ExxonMobil Australia will hold a further two ExxonMobil Men’s Shed Musters in regional Victoria to complete the series later this year.
PICTURED L-R: Councillor Sandra Wilson (Hobson’s Bay Mayor), Glen Poole (Stop Male Suicide Project), Riccardo Cavallo (ExxonMobil), David Schuller (ExxonMobil), James Dredge (Werribee Men’s Shed), Paul Sladdin (AMSA) & Matt Plumridge (AMSA)