AMHF Board Members

AMHF has six elected and up to three appointed members.  At each AGM two Board members will be elected for a three year term.  the Board elects the office bearers, with those for 2017-18 listed below.  One Board member is still to be appointed.

OFFICE BEARERS

President: Jonathan Bedloe is the founder and current Chair of Men’s Resources Tasmania, a 'for purpose' organisation that seeks to increase and improve support for men and boys in Tasmania.  Jonathan has been active in men’s health and wellbeing for over 13 years, since first getting involved in a men’s shed in 2005.  Jonathan has previously held positions on the board of Tasmen, was a founding board member of the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association and was men’s health policy officer in the Tasmanian health department from 2008 to 2014.  Jonathan is also an ASIST suicide intervention trainer, and Rites of Passage facilitator, and enjoys life on the southern beaches in Tasmania with his wife and two children.

Vice-President: Greg Millan, Director, Men’s Health Services, NSW, President, Men’s Health Forum NSW inc. Member, International Society for Men’s Health, Member, Board of Advisors, Men’s Health Network USA, Member, Board of Advisors, Toronto Men's Health Network, Canada.

Secretary: Dr Anthony Brown, Adjunct Fellow at the Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre at the Western Sydney University and Chair of Global Action on Men’s Health. He has 16 years’ experience research men’s health issues and assisting health services be more accessible and relevant to men and boys.  He has particular research interests in the positive contributions that men and boys make to their communities (especially through volunteering and community participation); and in the needs, concerns and contributions of older men. In his day job Anthony is Executive Director of Health Consumers NSW.

Treasurer: Grant Westthorp has been working for the past 5 years to assist men live longer, happier and healthier lives as Manager of the Men’s Resource Centre in the Great Southern of Western Australia. Grant is passionate about getting men and the community to accept the preventative health message and to embrace that happiness is only achieved when there is a balance across the individual’s mental and physical health and social wellbeing.

OTHER ELECTED MEMBERS

Peter Mitchell is the CEO of the regional/remote men’s support and advocacy organisation Men’s Outreach Service Inc (MOS), based in Broome WA.  He has been in the senior manager’s role at the helm of MOS since 2008 ; prior to that he worked in a number of community development roles, mainly with indigenous clients in the remote and cultural context of the Kimberley region. He was also a member of the MOS board prior to joining the staff, and has a long standing interest in advancing the importance of men’s social and emotional wellbeing as being vital to overall family and community harmony.

Paul Mischefski is a Queensland-based journalist and researcher with over 40 years’ experience in editorial and administrative roles in mainstream and alternative media in New Zealand, the United States and Australia. He is a strong advocate for men’s, boys’ and community wellbeing and support services, has written extensively on men’s social issues and has represented at both State and Federal Government levels.  He is a long-term executive member of Queensland service organisation Men’s Wellbeing Inc, editor of Mentor magazine and an experienced presenter at men’s and community conferences. Paul is also a member of Queensland’s Men’s Eldership Circle.

APPOINTED MEMBERS

Dr. Simon Rice is Senior Research Fellow at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and The University of Melbourne. He practices as a Clinical Psychologist in the areas of youth depression and suicide prevention, and has expertise with athlete populations – currently serving as a member of the International Olympic Committee Consensus Group in Elite Athlete Mental Health. Simon’s doctoral thesis focussed on the assessment of depression in men, from which the Male Depression Risk Scale (MDRS-22) was developed as a screening tool to better identify distress and suicide risk in men. The MDRS-22 is now being used internationally in research and clinical practice. In 2017, Simon led the development of the Keeping it Real report into young men’s mental health, and co-led the Australian Psychological Society’s Ethical Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Men and Boys. He is a passionate advocate for improving and tailoring service access for men and boys.

Pete Shmigel is an international consultant on strategy and mental health. He has previously been CEO of Lifeline Australia, the crisis support and suicide prevention service; CEO of industry associations; a senior advisor to Premiers and Ministers, and; a corporate affairs executive. He is a person of lived experience with regard to mental illness and suicidality.