Health events

Our health partners

We  warmly acknowledge those who partner or have partnered over the years with us in various ways: Diabetes Australia (Vic), Scope Victoria, Link Health & Community, Amcal, PALS, Council Home Care, Halcyon, Holmesglen TAFE, Centrelink, Alzheimer’s Australia, Stroke Foundation, Eastern Health, Monash Health, Wavecare, Wavlink, APMA, Prostate Foundation Support Groups, Melanoma Institute, Black Dog Institute, Ambulance Victoria, Asthma Foundation, Australian Hearing, Waverley RSL,  Victoria Police, MFB, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Donate Life, Pinewood Primary School.

Health days

The shed hosts about four health days a year to give us informed advice on topics of interest to ourselves and our families.

Monash Men’s Shed speaks up for good health

Monash Men’s Shed has partnered with Link HC on a quarterly series of health days.

In partnership with Link Health & Community

Being a man!

What does it mean to be a man in today’s world and how can we improve men’s mental health ?

1.Next Health Event link.”Living with arthritis”

click below!

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Community Health Event Understanding Parkinson’s Disease

Wednesday 8th May Commence with lunch at 12 noon

Symptoms, Treatment options, Self-management, Peer and family support

Speaker: Victor M McConvey, RN MACN
Manager, State-wide Health Information and Education Team,
Clinical Nurse Consultant – Parkinson’s Victoria

RSVP by calling 95618557 or by email

The  health days in 2016/ 2017 have discussed diabetes, hearing loss, skin cancers, and the services that pharmacists offer. See above to find out about our next healthday which is on-

2.Previous quarterly health days 2018

Men’s Mental Health Event October 10th

held at the Central Reserve sporting pavilion  Glen Waverley.

Key note speaker  Jake Edwards

Fourth generation AFL player Jake Edwards says one of the highlights of his life was running out onto the MCG in front of 80,000 people. His lowest point was facing himself in the bathroom mirror, contemplating how to end his own life. Jake Edwards was diagnosed with depression at age 19 and as an elite sportsman, he coped the best way he could. But when the spotlight faded, and the Carlton jersey came off, Edwards felt an enormous loss of identity. Since then, Jake has successfully worked with many companies varying from Lifeline, Beyond Blue and AFLPA over the last 5 years and along the way established a name for his passion, education and innovation in the mental health industry.

Wednesday 15th August – with a focus on Bowel Cancer

Wednesday May 16th

Topic 1: Prostate Cancer

“ Information and Advice about
Symptoms , Diagnosis and Treatment

Speaker Frank Blackwell  from Box Hill
Prostate Cancer Support Group  

Topic 2: Transition to Aged Care

“ Advice and guidance regarding , Emergency and Aged Care Planning.”

Speaker Joanne van Wageningen Consultant Blue Hope Consulting Pty Ltd  “ Helping Families with transition to Aged Care “

Wednesday May 16th

 Flu injections (Bring medicare card)
Lunch provided

February 2018.

Another great day with over 60 people attending. Thanks to the great speakers we learnt a lot about living with Diabetes and the importance of exercise and how Centrelink works and what supports are available.
As a result of the day there will be some follow up sessions with a Life Facilitator from Equip4Life. These will help people learn about the best exercises to help live with and prevent diabetes. The sessions are free.
If you are interested in getting involved, please let us know.
A big thank you to all involved, especially Barry R, John S, John G and the catering team, the guest

At the first, ‘Eat Well, Age Well”, participants heard the heartfelt story of StrokeSafe Ambassador Adam Mate, who suffered a brain aneurism and stroke at age 11. Free blood pressure checks were offered, plus healthy eating advice from Shannon Thomas, Link HC  Dietitian .The next event ‘Exercise and Motivation’ is on Thursday 18 May and will include free flu shots

2017 Quarterly Health Days

 Dentures and Dental Health- 3 expert Speakers were in attendance

A men’s shed event conducted In Partnership with Link health and the community

Held on August 16th 11.30am to 2.00pm- lunch was provided
Members with concerns about their teeth, came along and received updated information about affordable dental treatment or how to apply for  dentures that might be a good idea, also at an affordable price.
And as a bonus, a GP was present to check  members blood sugar level as a precautionagainst Type 2 Diabetes.


Members participating in the Aug 2017 health event & the 3 Presenters from Link health

Previous Health event

Our MMS Community Health event on April 13th in 2016 brought together a trio of wellcredentialed Presenters specialising in the prevention of and implications attached to Melanoma (the worst of skin cancers), Hearing Loss (and resultant social issues) and early diagnostic services nowadays provided by Pharmacists.  Group Leader for that organisation, if you look at these following links you will gain insights that will help you to protect yourself or your loved ones against skin cancer. and cancer/cancer_types/skin_cancers_non_melanoma and

First aid course   
 On August 29th 2016  the planned First Aid Course was made a reality with another ten of our members now qualified to render first aid to one another and the wider community when and if necessary.

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That’s a mighty effort for men who are no longer spring chickens but who want to be able to do what they can to alleviate pain, establish comfort and sustain life while waiting for qualified medical help.

Don’t Fall for it.. . Falls can be prevented!

Medication: Know how medicine affects you and discuss any side-effects with your pharmacist or doctor. Keep Active:

Exercise regularly to maintain balance, muscle strength and flexibility.

Eyesight: Have your eyes checked once a year and keep glasses clean. Wear separate glasses for reading and moving around. Lighting: Increase the level of light in your home. Eliminate glare. Use lights when getting up at night.

Footwear: Wear well-fitting, flat shoes with non-slip soles.

Slipping Hazards: Use non-slip mats or floor treatments. Have handrails installed in areas like bathroom, toilet and at the front and back door.

Tripping Hazards: Remove tripping hazards around your home and garden. Take care: Ask for help when you are having difficulty and don’t put yourself at risk.

Getting Help: Keep in daily contact with someone who can organise help if you need it, especially in an emergency.

Members of the Monash Men’s shed listening to a presentation on strokes and lifetyle eating by Link Health and community representatives.February 2017

What Vaccines are Recommended for You

All adults need immunizations to help them prevent getting and spreading serious diseases that could result in poor health, missed work, medical bills, and not being able to care for family.
 All adults need a seasonal flu (influenza)( vaccine every year. Flu vaccine is especially important for people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, and older adults.  Every adult should get the Tdap( vaccine once if they did not receive it as an adolescent to protect against pertussis (whooping cough), and then a Td( (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years. In addition, women should get the Tdap vaccine each time they are pregnant, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks.

Review the tabs below to learn what other vaccines you may need and check with your healthcare professional to make sure you are up to date on recommended vaccines.
Some adults with specific health conditions should not get certain vaccines or should wait to get them. Read more about who should not get each vaccine(

Talk with your doctor to make sure you get the vaccines that are right for you.
To learn more about these diseases and the benefits and potential risks associated with the vaccines, read the Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)(
An estimated 1 million Americans get shingles( every year, and about half of them are 60 years old or older. Additionally, over 60 percent of seasonal flu( hospitalizations occur in people 65 years and older.

As we get older, our immune systems tend to weaken over time, putting us at higher risk for certain diseases. This is why, in addition to seasonal flu (influenza)( vaccine and Td( or Tdap( vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis),

You hould also get:
 Pneumococcal vaccines(, which protect against pneumococcal disease, including infections in the lungs and bloodstream (recommended for all adults over 65 years old, and for adults younger than 65 years who have certain chronic health conditions)  Zoster vaccine(, which protects against shingles (recommended for adults 60 years or older)  Talk with your doctor or other healthcare professional to find out which vaccines are recommended for you at your next medical appointment.

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