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12 April, 2022

National award for Men’s Shed

ANOTHER notch has been added to the Atherton Men’s Shed’s growing award belt after they were recognised at the 2022 National Men’s Shed Awards for their work in men’s health.

Mal Fraser (left) with Olympian Steven Bradbury at the National Men’s Shed Awards where the Atherton group received the health award.

This recognition was due to the shed’s recent work in promoting men’s health through their collaborative men’s health program that ran last year including organisations such as Tablelands Regional Council, Atherton Community, Allied and Mental Health, FNQ Health and Fitness and more. 

The program has since received national praise after it was named the Best New Men’s Health Initiative at the 2021 Men’s Health Awards. 

The Atherton Men’s Shed has now won this award in the men’s health category as well as the Buderim Men’s Shed. 

Atherton Community, Allied and Mental Health clinical nurse and member of the Atherton Men’s Shed Mal Fraser was on hand to receive the award when it was presented. 

“An award like this recognises the enthusiasm and in some ways the simplicity of the program,” he said. 

“And the fact that the guys themselves have determined what the program should look like to meet their needs, that’s been the strength of it. 

“A balance between a structured program but also being free enough that they can participate to their own level of fitness.”

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