The Men's Table Model of Care 2020

Introduction

In early 2020, we commenced the development of a Model of Care research and evaluation project of The Men’s Table. The impact of the publication and launch of this document has been significant. We hope it is contributing to heightened awareness amongst all men’s health initiatives of the importance and value of evidence and published models to support the many stories of impact we hear and see regularly.

The Model of Care can be downloaded here; https://themenstable.org/#moc.

Overview of The Men's Table Model of Care 2020

The Men’s Table commenced in 2011 with one group of men. The experiences of this first informal group led to the development of a guide on how to form a successful group, called The Men’s Table Fundamentals.

The Men’s Table is rapidly developing from an informal ‘self- help’ strategy to a national network of Tables. This growth provided an opportunity to evaluate the experience of the men who are Table members, focusing on their motivation to join and the perceived impact that participation had on their lives and relationships. We also wanted to gather evidence on the effectiveness of the Table approach by exploring how The Fundamentals were implemented in practice, how they contribute to outcomes for participants, and the extent to which the model is robust.

The outcomes of this investigation are The Men’s Table Model and an evaluation tool, establishing a foundation for the growth of the network of Tables, the ongoing fidelity of the model, and directions for future development, evaluation and research.

The Men's Table Model of Care 2020 presents The Men’s Table Model and explores the underpinning evidence.

A Foreword in the Model of Care 2020 by Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull wrote this for the publication of the Model of Care 2020

"Sometimes in life, we can feel very alone. Whether we’re in the depths of our darkest moments or grappling with the challenges of our day-to-day, it’s easy to believe the path ahead is ours to walk alone. With men making up six of the eight daily suicides in Australia, it’s clear that many men in Australia are struggling with their mental health; most likely silently and in the shadows. Men are less likely to ask for help, less likely to have male friendships, and less likely to have conversations where they feel comfortable talking about their feelings. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Simply knowing that there’s a safe place to go, a group of people you can share with, and an opportunity to be heard can loosen the burden and make the world seem just that little bit brighter. That’s why the work of The Men’s Table is so vital. The Men’s Table has shown that it is possible to create groups for men to form positive and supportive relationships with other men; where they are free to express themselves and their feelings, without judgment or stigma. As a preventative, low-cost, community-led initiative and endorsed by The Mental Health Commission, The Men’s Table’s aspiration of creating a national network of Tables will not only help individual men but have a cascading effect into their families, communities and Australia at large. I commend The Men’s Table Model of Care and look forward to seeing the growth of this great initiative across our nation."

Malcolm Turnbull 29th

Prime Minister of Australia

The effect of The Men's Table Model of Care 2020

Since the launch of the Model of Care in September 2020 we have experienced the following benefits

- New partnerships - Funding - More men, more Tables - Clarity of impact - Fidelity of our model - Commitment to ongoing evaluation

The Key message

We shared our key learning from this project with all men's health initiatives at a recent AMHF Forum (12 May 2021). This can be distilled as follows

- Stories of impact alone = Insecure funding

- Stories of impact + Evidence + A Model of Care = More secure funding.

The Model of Care can be downloaded here; https://themenstable.org/#moc.

Thank you for your support of this important initiative, not only for The Men's Table, but also to encourage a step development of the overall approach of men's health initiatives using evidence and published models of care.

 

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