Your Road Map to Good Health

Us men can generally be quite particular about our machinery. It doesn’t matter if we’re farmers, office workers, timber workers, truck drivers, miners, corporate leaders or car owners – when a service is due on our machinery, we either do it ourselves, or we get a mechanic to do it. By following the proper servicing schedule, we can keep our machinery in peak condition and prevent costly repairs or damage before they become major issues.

Our most valuable piece of machinery is our own health and wellbeing. If we break down then we’re unable to operate all the other machinery that we have. When it comes to looking after ourselves though we’re generally not so good! We mostly don’t have a “maintenance schedule” and tend to use a “wait and see” approach. If we get aches or pains, or we’re going through a tough time emotionally, our attitude is often – “I’ll battle through this”. We get away with this most of the time.

Only when the aches, pains or difficult emotions are getting the better of us, do we make the decision to do something about it, and get things checked out by our mechanic (our GP).

We wouldn’t ignore that timing chain rattle, that bearing rumble in our machinery, or a sudden drop off in our car’s performance because we know they often lead to worse problems.

We want to encourage you to pay as much attention to the rattles and rumbles in your bodies as you do to your car or machinery. When we leave things too long before getting help, it can often take a lot longer to fix and sometimes our parts are too worn out to repair fully. This can lead to worry, frustration and long-term health issues. Use this guide to learn more about what you can do to check in on your own health.

“Spanner in the Works?” provides you with a maintenance schedule for your body, and some key health messages in a way that’s understandable and achievable. It’s not about telling you what to do but sets out some things that you can do (or not do) to improve your health and your chances of a longer, and happier life. Often, minor adjustments can have a major impact on your health, your relationships with loved ones, your friends and your work. Most importantly, we want you to put yourself over the pits each year by getting a full health check through your GP.

Australian Men’s Shed Association

The Australian Men’s Shed Association is the national service provider to more than 1000 Men’s Sheds in Australia – providing practical support, specialised services and resources. The organisation aims to provide Australian men with the opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing through participation in the Men’s Shed movement – strengthening communities and bringing men together to facilitate positive lifestyle choices and outcomes.

Healthy Male

Healthy Male (previously known as Andrology Australia) is a national organisation that provides easy access to the latest scientific and medical research on male reproductive and sexual health. Our aim is to make this information available to everybody, regardless of gender, age, education, religion or ethnicity. To do this, we collaborate with Australia’s leading researchers, specialists, clinicians and educators to develop information that fills the gaps in men’s health.