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The Katoomba Men’s Shed is a not for profit community organisation affiliated with Australian Men’s Shed Association. It aims to promote the health and well being of men, and provides an opportunity for men to share time together,  swap yarns and work together on community projects.

The Men's Shed movement began in Australia in the 1990s. There were concerns about men's health, but there was little encouragement in Australian culture for men to meet and talk over their issues. However, men were comfortable with the concept of the backyard shed, where many would go on a regular basis to potter about and work on projects. So the concept was born of a community-based shed as a place where men could go to meet other men, socilise and work on projects.

Men's health

Many feel that Australian men are not very good at looking after themselves, physically or emotionally. Physically, if they have an ache or pain, their attitude is often that of “I’ll battle through this” or “I’ll wait a while and see if this gets better by itself”. And often this works! Only when the aches or pains or emotions become overpowering do many men make the decision to do something about it and get it checked out by a doctor or other health professional.

Health is complex - we can easily become overwhelmed with information about our health. The Men's Shed movement was established mainly to address men's health and wellbeing  and to a large extent, the Men's Health program is a sumation of everything that we do. However we also have specific Men's Shed initiatives and activities, which tty to provide some key health messages to men in a form that is understandable and achievable.

If you are in need of specific advice or information, talk to your preferred health professional or use some of the links below to seek further information or help.

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