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.
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”
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)
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. https://www.melanoma.org.au and http://www.cancervic.org.au/about- cancer/cancer_types/skin_cancers_non_melanoma and https://www.melanoma.org.au/understanding-melanoma/melanoma-facts-and-statistics/
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.
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)(https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/flu/index.html) 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(https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/pertussis/index.html) vaccine once if they did not receive it as an adolescent to protect against pertussis (whooping cough), and then a Td(https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/tetanus/index.html) (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(https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/should-not-vacc.html).
Talk with your doctor to make sure you get the vaccines that are right for you.
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You hould also get:
Pneumococcal vaccines(https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/pneumo/index.html), 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(https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/index.html), 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.
Beyondblue 24 hr 1300 22 4636 Lifeline 13 11 14 Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Men’s Line 1300 78 99 78 Veterans Line 1800 011 046
Men’s Referral Service for help to avoid domestic violence: 1300 766 491
Emergency Services 000
Grief Line 03 9935 7400 12-3pm 7 days Pain Management Line: 1300 340 357
Sane Australia: 1800 18 7263 Mind Australia Carer Helpline: 1300 554 660