Our Shed has been funded by AMSA to conduct The Spanner in the Works Men’s Health Check and it is being held on Wednesday 24th June 2020. We are also working collaboratively with the University of the Sunshine Coast to allow participants to undergo The Seniors Fitness Test. And we have a guest presentation by Dr John Booth during lunchtime. John’s topic is ’Managing Osteroarthritis of the Knee’.
The Spanner in the Works Men’s Health day has proven to be very popular in the past and we expect that between 50-70 men will register. Registration is essential because the process takes time and needs to be well organised, and places are limited. Shedders from Pomona, Buderim, Maroochy and Caloundra have been invited and we currently have 35 NMS members who have indicated they are keen to attend. Men attending will be rostered on in groups of 6 every half hour from 8:15am. The last bookings will be early after lunch – around 1:00pm.
If you would like to attend on the 24th June 2020, you will need to let me know. You can do this by either:-
Participants will be able to share Smoko and Lunch – both of which are sponsored.
This is a fun and interesting day. The information provided to you can be life changing. You may be encouraged to increase your physical activity – and even attend the Be Fitter program conducted within the Shed. Or you might be congratulated and advised to continue as you are! Or you might be encouraged to see your Doctor about something identified as ‘of concern’.
On Tuesday 19 November 2019 Nick Parkyn from Bloom Hearing Specialists spoke about hearing loss or, more importantly, how to keep what we still have.
Nick Parkyn and the Shed's Owen Curtis at the Health Talk
Hearing loss is related to exposure to noise energy over time. The national workplace standards define the maximum allowable noise exposure as 85dBA for 8 hours. 85dBA is approximately the sound level of a hair dryer. If the noise energy is doubled the dBA increases by only 3 dBA and the exposure must be halved to remain compliant. It's important to note that double the noise energy will not sound twice as loud, it is a modest but noticeable increase in volume.
There are a number of ways to reduce the noise energy reaching the ears, the most obvious one in our control is hearing protection. In a work situation there are rules and the foreman enforcing use of hearing protection. In the shed, or at home, it's up to us to exercise the discipline of maintaining our hearing. There was some discussion on how to manage this at the NMS, i.e. how to warn others that you are about to operate loud machinery. No conclusion was reached other than we don't want to be too prescriptive but rather let members take on the responsibility themselves.
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is a common complaint among the more mature crowd common in the shed. This is an indication of hearing damage and a simplified explanation is the brain increasing the sensitivity to make up for the hearing loss causing the background ringing sound. In some cases use of hearing aids will allow the brain to reduce the sensitivity back to normal levels reducing the tinnitus.
Nick covered a number of other topics including hearing aids and cochlear implants, however the main thrust was emphasizing that loss is permanent and we need to protect what we still have. He left a number of resources for further information including a fact sheet called Noise, Hearing Protection and You. Additional information is also available on the Bloom Hearing website.
The award of $35,000 to Noosa Men’s Shed will allow the development of a Men’s Health Annexe adjacent to the Woodshed.
The successful application focused on provision of a dedicated First Aid Room, Health and Wellness area suitable for education and activity sessions and inclusion of a space for emerging technologies such as 3D printing.
The Construction Team at the Shed have been developing strategies to clear the proposed area, relocate a container and the build the Health Annexe. It should be in service for our members early in 2020.
A survey of members conducted earlier in the year indicated that about 30 members were interested in attending a fitness program,