Capacity building in Indigenous men's groups and sheds across Australia

Southcombe, A, Cavanagh, J and Bartram, T 2015, 'Capacity building in Indigenous men's groups and sheds across Australia', Health Promotion International, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 606-615.


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Title Capacity building in Indigenous men's groups and sheds across Australia
Author(s) Southcombe, A
Cavanagh, J
Bartram, T
Year 2015
Journal name Health Promotion International
Volume number 30
Issue number 3
Start page 606
End page 615
Total pages 10
Publisher Oxford University Press
Abstract This article presents an investigation into capacity building, at the community level, in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men's Groups and Sheds. As safe men's spaces, Men's Groups and Sheds represent an ever-growing social, and health and well-being community service across Australia. The study is qualitative and employs 'yarning circles' (focus groups), semi-structured interviews and observations to gather data from 15 Groups/Sheds involving 45 men from urban, regional and remote communities. We found that capacity building is primarily about securing relationships between Group Leaders/Shed Co-ordinators and Government services. Capacity building establishes links to services such as Centrelink, Medicare, Department of Housing, Probation and Control, and positive outcomes such as Indigenous men securing housing and Centrelink payments. Capacity building results in better health outcomes and, educates and empowers men to improve their social, cultural, emotional and economic well-being. It helps men to better connect with family and community. The current research paves the way for countries worldwide to explore the conceptual and empirical approach of capacity building applicable to other Indigenous [and non-Indigenous] Men's Groups/Sheds. We recommend feasibilities studies, on approaches to capacity building in Indigenous Groups/Sheds, be carried out within urban, regional and remote regions across the country.
Subject Human Resources Management
Keyword(s) capacity building
community
men's sheds
DOI - identifier 10.1093/heapro/dat092
Copyright notice © 2014 The Author (2014). Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
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