Nominations for the 2019 Men's Health Awards are open and we’d like your help to identify potential award winners for the Australian Capital Territory.
We're on the hunt for the very best examples of male-friendly services, programs and initiatives that are working to improve the lives and health of men and boys in the ACT.
You can make a nomination today by leaving a suggestion here:
The closing date for nominations is Sunday 12 May 2019 and we'll be announcing this year's winners during Men's Health Week (10 to 16 June 2019).
You can also make nominations for male-friendly services in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
Find out more about this year's here:
Health services that work for men
This year we’re looking for examples of health initiatives that are actively taking a male-friendly approach.
The ACT doesn't currently have a men's health strategy, but ACT Health does reference three local organisations in the men's health section of its website: MensLink, EveryMan and the Winnunga Men's Group.
We're also on the look out for mainstream health services that are going the extra mile to reach men. For example, Canberra pharmacist, Brad Butt, established Men's Health Downunder in 2013 and it is now said to be the largest Mens Health pharmacy clinic in Australia.
These are just a few examples of male-friendly services and if you have a suggestion you think we should consider for an award, let us know here:
Services working with dads
Fatherhood is a key life experience that shapes men’s health.
If you know of any initiatives focused on fathers in the ACT, you can nominate them for an award here:
Services working with young men and boys
The foundations of men’s lives are generally built in childhood and so projects that work with boys and young men are of particular interest to the men’s health sector.
The ACT is home to one of the countries leading projects focused on the specific needs of young men, Menslink.
If you know of any initiatives focused on boys and younger men, you can nominate them for an award here:
Services working with older men
As part of this year’s Men’s Health Awards we’re keen to hear from projects working with older men. There are around 10 men's sheds operating in the ACT. The Belconnon shed is knows for its monthly Shed Night which "allows the blokes to be real, honest and open about where we are in our life journey".
If you know of any initiatives focused on older men, you can nominate them for an award here:
Men’s mental health
In recent years, Men’s Mental Health has been one of the key areas of growth in the men’s health sector. In addition to local services like MensLink and EveryMan, a number of projects based outside the ACT have begun holding some of their events in the Australian Capital Territory. These include:
If you know of any initiatives focused on men’s mental health, you can nominate them for an award here:
Men’s working lives
Men spend twice as many hours in paid work as women, doubling their exposure to the risks and benefits of work. Projects like the OzHelp Foundation in Canberra have blazed a trail for men’s health by delivering male-friendly services in male dominated industries. Other projects like the Healthy Tradie Project are finding innovative ways to reach men through work.
If you know of any initiatives focused on the workplace, you can nominate them for an award here:
Men’s groups in the ACT
Men’s groups play an important role in the Australian men’s health sector even though they don’t always fit neatly into our understanding of what health is. In the ACT, the ManKind Project holds a regular men's group.
If you know of any men's groups or men's gatherings in the ACT that you think deserve an award, make a nomination here:
Indigenous men’s health
The health of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander males is a specific area of concern for the men's health sector. Projects like the Winnunga Aboriginal Men's Group places a focus on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous men.
If you know of any ACT projects focused on Indigenous male health, make a nomination here:
LGBTI+ male health
Males who identify as gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex can face particular health challenges. The ACT Government places a strong focus on LGBTI+ inclusion.
If you know of specific projects working with males who identify as LGBTI+ you can nominate them for an award here:
Services working with priority groups
In addition to Indigenous males and LGBTI+ males, there are 7 priority populations of men identified in the National Men's Health Strategy. They are socio-economically disadvantaged men and boys; rural and remote men and boys; men and boys living with disabilities (including mental illness); culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) men and boys; socially isolated men and boys; men who are veterans and men and boys in the criminal justice system.
For example, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs runs the Men’s Health Peer Education (MHPE) program. There are currently 62 MHPE volunteers in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
If you know of projects in ACT focusing improving the lives and health of these priority populations of men and boys, please let us know using the form linked below:
Specialist services for men and boys
There are many projects working to improve the lives of men and boys that have a specialist focus. In the ACT these include:
Who have we missed?
This article provides an overview of just some of the projects working to improve the lives and health of men and boys in ACT. We're sure we've missed loads of great projects so please us know who else deserves a mention by nominating them to a 2019 Men's Health Award here:
Men’s Health Awards 2019 Nomination Form