142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Men's Sheds in Australia: Impact on Coping with Psychological Stress, Cardiovascular Function and Quality of life

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Luckman Hlambelo, PhD Student , School of Science and Health, University of Western Sydney, South Penrith DC, NSW 1797, Australia
The Men’s Shed movement in Australia has attracted a certain amount of interest internationally. This is partly because the sheds offer a safe place for men, often after retirement or especially retrenchment, to meet, exchange ideas and talk “shoulder to shoulder” as their motto proclaims. However, research on the health and well-being benefits of this social inclusion provided by Men’s Sheds is still on its infancy. The presentation will be grounded in the author’s recent study on the impact of Men’s Sheds on coping with psychological stress, cardiovascular function and quality of life in the men involved. Specifically, the biopsychosocial approach was used as a theoretical framework to examine this relationship. I discuss both the novel implications of the theoretical arguments advanced in this study as well as the results of this mixed methods research. This study has the potential to enhance awareness of introducing novel interventions that mitigate stress and/or increase social support and social interactions amongst men. This will alleviate the unprecedented burden of chronic diseases that currently exists in this population.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health biology
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Explain the association between social inclusion provided by Menís Sheds, coping with psychological stress, cardiovascular function and quality of life in men involved.

Keyword(s): Chronic Disease Prevention, Menís Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a doctorate candidate with a keen interest in men's health and have published and presented papers in the area of men's health. I'm also a Health Services Manager with a strong interest in primary health care, health redesign and innovation. My work has focused on social determinants of health and causes of health inequalities.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.