Health and Well Being
Looking after ourselves. Looking after our mates.
Health and well being covers a wide range of topics from weekly walks, visiting mates when unwell to health assessment activities and monthly talks.

Monthly Talks

2nd Tuesday of each month

Watch the Latest News on the home page and this page for the next talk.

Health & Wellbeing

Feb, April, June, Aug, October

General Interest

March, May, July, Sept, Nov

Morning Health Chat

Friday 14th June 2019 as part of Men's Health  Week

In previous years the Noosa Men's Shed has recognised Men's Health Week with the Spanner in the Works program through AMSA. This year we stayed local and invited three specialists in their fields to talk to the members on topics related to men's health.
Dr Ian Curley (Consultant Surgeon) has operated on a number of our members who all speak highly of his efforts to improve the quality of their lives. Making extensive use of videos he gave a top down and bottom up (literally) look at the gastrointestinal system. Along the way he gave explanations on the threats and how to avoid them pitched at a level easily understood by the members.

As we age it's easy to indulge in self pity as various parts of the body show their wear and tear. However, Dr Curley ended his presentation with some very sobering statisics:

  • There has been a 186% increase in bowel cancer in adolescents and young adults aged 15-24 in the last three decades.
  • People born in 1990 onwards have double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer compared with those born in 1950.

 Stefan thanking Curley sm

Stefan thanking Dr Curley for a very informative and relevant presentation.

 Craig Allingham has developed a deep interest in supporting men who are living with Prostate Cancer, this being a very relevant topic to the major age demographic of the shed.  His entertaining and engaging style as he covered the basics of the 'plumbing' and what happens with Prostate Cancer covered a delicate topic is a manner appropriate for the audience. He has applied his extensive knowledge in publishing two books, one focused on those still with a prostate gland and how to keep it healthy, even if cancer has been identified, and the second on those facing, or recovering from, removal of the prostate.

Having covered such indelicate topics as incontinence and erectile dysfunction he finished on a high note with treatments that could "...make it difficult to roll over in bed...".

It is well worth visiting Craig's website.

Craig Allingham presenting

Craig Allingham holding the undivided attention of the NMS, some of whom still have their prostrate glands.

The final presentation was from Assoc Prof Chris Askew (University of Sunshine Coast) and the benefits of exercise on defending the body against various diseases. Chris is extensively involved in research and provided a number of resources for members to learn more about using exercise to improve their health and quality of life.


A big thank you to Eden Private Hospital in Cooroy who specializes in rehabilitation, a topic much related to the presentations, for supplying lunch.


Physical activity, are you doing enough? What stops you doing more?
Health studies have shown that physical activity is paramount to healthy ageing;
however, less than 15% of older adults (> 65 years) are meeting the recommended
physical activity guidelines.
Research is now being conducted on what the barriers are to physical activity in
Australia. You are invited to be part of this research by completing a 3 minute online
survey. All responses are confidential and anonymous.

Take me to the survey.

photo  Sponsored by  unitywater 

Suicide Prevention Workshop
Noosa Men's Shed

Venue: The Shed
Date: Wednesday 8th August ‘18
Time: 8:30am-12 noon Sign-in from 8:15am

Free - includes workbook, attendance certificate & refreshments

This workshop is supported by the Unitywater grant program and is open to anyone (over 17) who is keen to gain valuable skills to help keep their friends and family safe from suicide. You can bring your partner to this workshop as the information will be of interest and value to all!

Workshop Features:

• Presentation and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer – Susan Griffiths
• Powerful audiovisual learning aids
• The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
• Hands-on skills practice and development.

Register your interest on the attendance sheet at the Shed

What is safeTALK?

SafeTALK is a powerful experience. You can expect to feel challenged, empowered, and hopeful. Its steps provide a simple method to engage with people at risk and connect them with resources that can carry out a full-scale intervention.
SafeTALK is a 3.5-hour training workshop, to increase suicide alertness, which will contribute to a suicide safer community.


No specific background experience or qualifications are required.

Workshop Features:

• Presentation and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer
• Powerful audiovisual learning aids
• The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
• Hands-on skills practice and development.

Bookings: at the Shed or email Owen Curtis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fellow shed member, Dr Crosby Rechtin will provide information to our members about common injuries to the skin, injuries that we are likely to come across while at the Shed.

The skin is the largest organ of the body, with a total area of about 2.25 sq metres. The skin protects us from microbes and the elements, helps regulate body temperature, and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold. When injured or damaged by Cuts, Lacerations, Burns and Bites, or worn by an older person, or has skin diseases, the protective capabilities are reduced and we are at increased risk.

Come along and learn what to be of aware of in managing skin injuries as we age, and how we can protect this very important organ and limit damage when injuries occur.

Change of Time.

Due to the colder weather our regular Tuesday morning walks will start at 9am from the Shed office area. These walks will be in the environs around the shed and return by 10am in time for morning tea. As the weather changes it is planned to move the starting time to 8am on the first Tuesday in September.

Hope to see a good roll up each Tuesday because walking at our age is one of the best exercises we can do for good heart health and general fitness!

Ron Blackman
Walking Group Co-ordinator