The Wyalkatchem Men's Shed have welcomed the launch of the WA Men's Health and Wellbeing Policy earlier this month, holding a sundowner to ring in the new guidelines.
Supported by a $1500 grant, the Men's Shed was the Wheatbelt's official launch of the policy that identifies 10 priority male populations that face a higher risk of men's health and wellbeing issues.
The policy was designed to provide direction to WA Health and its partners to deliver strategies that improve the physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing of men in WA.
Wyalkatchem Men's Shed president Ross Crute said the event was well supported.
"The pleasing thing about the was the amount of support we received from health professionals in the region," Mr Crute said.
"The feedback we had afterwards was really tremendous."
Mr Crute, who has been involved in the shed since it was established in 2010, said it was hard to determine the impact the policy would have on the Wheatbelt.
"It is no good just sitting it on a shelf," he said.
"It is an ongoing campaign to keep putting the message out that men have a responsibility for their own health.
"Men's Sheds have the ability to do a lot of good in a low-key way just in providing a safe place for men to come and be with each other."
The policy launch event included a welcome to country by Robert Davis, an address by Shire of Wyalkatchem president Quentin Davies and a keynote address by Terry Melrose from the Regional Men's Health Initiative.
Mr Crute said the shed had made positive waves.
"We have one older member who is a totally different man now," he said.
"He said to us if it wasn't for the men's shed, he wouldn't be living in town still."
Mr Crute said he was a firm believer in the Men's Shed model.
"I think we have a fairly good attitude that people just come as they are," he said.
"Our morning teas are very important - we have a big round table that everyone sits around and I call it our biscuit and bull-dust sessions."