The Mibbinbah project can be thought of as two distinct but related components: 1) Men’s Sheds/Spaces Pilot Project and 2) Men’s Chronic Conditions Project.

  • The first is a pilot project which sought to identify, celebrate and discover the characteristics of existing Indigenous Men’s Sheds/Spaces through the employment of local Indigenous Male Project Associates. These Project Associates (PAs) were trained in the use of participatory action-research (PAR) methods to help in the development and sustaining of the Sheds/Spaces during the research program. Further training in Indigenous Leadership, community communication and media, and computer and Internet skills, enhanced sustainability.
  • The second project sought to understand if and why participation in chronic conditions programs by Indigenous males is improved through association with ‘safe’ and ‘well-facilitated’ Indigenous Men’s Sheds/Spaces.

The Mibbinbah project was developed and deployed under the joint leadership of Jack Bulman (Ngulli Gau-Rema Shed/Space, Queensland) and Rick Hayes (La Trobe University, Victoria). Jack and Rick are leading researchers in non-pathologising approaches to health promotion in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Men’s Sheds.

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