QLD’s first accredited Aboriginal Men’s Shed

Local men in Cherbourg will benefit from better mental health outcomes, with the official opening of Queensland’s first Men’s Shed Australia accredited Aboriginal Men’s Shed today.


The Cherbourg Men’s Shed achieved full registration with Men’s Shed Australia on 1 August, 2017, and has been fully supported by the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council.


Visiting the Men’s Shed today, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Minister Mark Furner said mental health was often not discussed in Indigenous communities.


“It’s great to see the new Men’s Shed in Cherbourg will provide a safe place for local men to come together, talk to each other and get the support they need,” Mr Furner said.


“Mental health and getting help have often been overlooked within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, especially with the male population.


“The new Men’s Shed is changing that, developed and led by the community with activities for local men including health programs and practical support.


“The Men’s Shed is the result of the important work of community members Wayne Farrell and Norman Hegarty, and I commend them for their efforts.


“I also thank Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council for their incredible support, providing the building, machinery and tools for the initiative, and other organisations and community members involved.


“Having these facilities for local men is so important, helping to relieve the pressures of everyday life and prevent more serious problems with physical and mental health down the track.


“What makes me immensely proud is that this Men’s Shed is the first to be registered by an Aboriginal community in Queensland and provides a fantastic example for others to follow.”


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13 September 2017.