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ProfBarryGoldingAssociate Professor Barry Golding

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education and Arts, Federation University Ballarat Victoria

Barry is a man who needs no introduction to those involved with Men’s Sheds. Without doubt, Barry is the most respected academic researcher who has dedicated so much to the Men’s Shed movement and is renown internationally among shedders.

Professor Golding, an experienced researcher in Adult, Vocational and Community Education, is author of the NCVER publication ‘Men’s Sheds in Australia: Learning through community contexts’ which has been undeniably one of the most valuable tools and most common references for those initiating a Men’s Shed project.

Barry has also presented comprehensive papers and speeches at many AMSA & Men’s Shed events and is a strong advocate of AMSA.


Professor John Macdonald

Founding Chair in Primary Health Care University of Western Sydney, Director Men’s Health Information and Resources Centre (MHIRC), President of the Australasian Men’s Health Forum, National Men’s Health Ambassador.

John is acknowledged as the most respected authority on Men’s Health with strong beliefs in the capabilities of Men’s Sheds contributing to making a difference to the well-being of men.

An advocate of the Social Determinants of Health, John is also the Chair of the Mt Druitt Shed project that delivers services primarily for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.

Professor Macdonald has been of great support to AMSA and our members by being a strong advocate of Men’s Sheds both domestically and internationally.

‘The Men’s Shed movement is a new and dynamic way to engage with older men and is already having success in improving health and wellbeing. There is also a great deal of promise for how this movement can improve men’s mental health outcomes. As well as the health outcomes, there are many reasons to consider why the Men’s Shed movement is important on social and community levels’.

Professor John Macdonald, Male Health Reference Group