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'Don't Fix What Ain't Broke': Evaluating The Effectiveness Of A Men's Shed In Inner-Regional Australia, Andrea Waling, David L. Fildes Jan 2017

'Don't Fix What Ain't Broke': Evaluating The Effectiveness Of A Men's Shed In Inner-Regional Australia, Andrea Waling, David L. Fildes

Australian Health Services Research Institute

Men's Sheds and similar community programmes are known to encourage help-seeking behaviour and thus improve the health and well-being outcomes for the men who attend. This paper investigates this issue through a community needs assessment of a Men's Shed programme in inner-regional Australia. The immediate purpose of this research was to help direct future funding initiatives, and provide recommendations for potential changes and improvements to the programme. A community-level needs assessment is a systematic process used to determine and address gaps or needs between current and desired conditions within a particular community. We sought to explore how particular ...