Men's Health Awards

Men's Health Awards 2020

This year’s State/Territory and National Men’s Health Awards were announced during Men's Health Week, starting Monday 15 June.

  • Uncle Mick Adams, from HealthInfoNet, won the Local Men’s Health Hero Award
  • Dave Oliver, Sexuality, Sport and Masculinity Resource, won the Best Men’s Lived Experience Speaker Award
  • Camping on Country won the Best Men’s Program or Group Award
  • Mary O’Brien, founder of Are You Bogged Mate? won the Women’s Working in Men’s Health Award
  • Parents Beyond Breakup won the Significant Response to COVID-19 Award

More than 5000 people across Australia voted for the 2020 Men’s Health Awards. The National winners for each category were decided by a judging panel from the Australian Men’s Health Forum and announced in a special event to celebrate all finalists during Men’s Health Week.

The Local Men's Health Hero Award is for an individual, male or female, who has made a significant difference by taking action to improve the lives and health of men and boys at a local level. Dr Mick Adams, (Uncle Mick to most) is a long-serving champion of men's health and Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

Mick is well-known for his work to ensure that male health issues are promoted and placed on the national and international agenda through advocacy, research, publication and health management. Mick has been working in the health industry for over 30 years.

He has worked in both government and the community-controlled health service sector and has been nominated as a representative to advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues on national and international boards and national and international conferences.

Find out more about Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

The Best Men's Lived Experience Speaker award celebrates any man who has helped improve the lives and health of men and boys by sharing his own personal health story as a lived experience speaker or consumer health advocate.

Dave Oliver describes himself as a survivor of toxic shame. He was born into the sport of rugby, playing for clubs in Canberra, Sydney and Cowra and continuing to coach today.

David hid his sexuality for the majority of his teenage and adult life, a path he says manifested into substance use and abuse and an addiction to methamphetamine. As a volunteer Lifeline Telephone Crisis Supporter, Dave is concerned about the mental health and wellbeing of those who experience shame and anguish as a result of their sexuality and their involvement in sport.

He believes there is a long way to go in sport in Australia to provide inclusive environments for same sex-attracted participants. Dave is building resources that help him share his story in sports clubs and school in ways that can have a positive influence on the lives of same sex attracted participants within the sport of rugby union and other sports.

The Best Men's Group or Program award celebrates any men's health group, large or small, who stands out for the way they are working to create a healthier future for men and boys.

Camping On Country is an Indigenous men's health program run by BUSH TV. Each month the program visits a remote community and runs camps which include local leadership.

At the camps they provide a space for local leaders to discuss what health issues they face in their community, what programs are working or not working and work with the men to articulate their ideas for a health program targeted at their own men. They partner with health service providers to ensure the camps are safe, healthy and inspiring.

Culture, Language and Law play a significant role in the camps and are embedded into the development of localised programs after the camps.

The Women Working in Men’s Health Award celebrates women (or groups of women) working in the men’s health sector, who have made a signification contribution to improving the lives and health of men and boys.

Mary O’Brien was recognised on Thursday as the winner of the Queensland 2020 Men’s Health Award from a quality field.

Living in the Darling Downs area of the State, her career in the rural sector has given her a deep respect for country blokes, and more importantly, the ability to effectively communicate and engage with them.

Mary founded ‘Are You Bogged Mate?’ to bridge the gap between mental health/suicide prevention services and men. The purpose of ‘Are You Bogged Mate?’ is to reach rural men in their comfort zone (usually in their sheds) and speak to them in a language they understand.

Mary travels to all parts of Australia talking to groups of rural men about mental health in a new, distinctive, and direct way. Men have frequently told her that she ‘speaks bloke’.

The Significant Response to COVID-19 champions any individual, group or program that has responded effectively to the impact of COVID-19 on the lives and health of men and boys.

Dads In Distress support groups began life on a verandah in Coffs Harbour. Now run by Parents Beyond Breakup (PBB), the charity's network of peer support groups for separated dads were closed overnight because of COVID-19. PBB rose to the challenge by launching the "Virtual Verandah" - a series of online support groups that have maintained contact with existing dads and reached new clients in the process.

Congratulations to all National winners and eight State/Territory winners:

The Man Walk wins NSW 2020 Men's Health Award

Pip Seldon wins ACT 2020 Men's Health Award

The Tough Guy Book Club wins Victoria 2020 Men's Health Award

Mitch McPherson wins Tasmania 2020 Men's Health Award

Jo Milios wins WA 2020 Men's Health Award

Anthony Hart wins SA 2020 Men's Health Award

Mary O'Brien wins QLD 2020 Men's Health Award

Sally McDonnell wins NT 2020 Men's Health Award

2019 AMHF Men's Health Awards

The AMHF celebrated the winners of the 2019 year's Men’s Health Awards during Men’s Health Week (June 10-16).

AMHF visited seven cities in five days and acknowledged a record number of entries. Nominations were received across Australia for the Awards and shortlisted according to the key criteria that they provide the most impactful male-friendly service to enhance the lives of men and boys. The short-list was put to a public vote. 

Northern Territory

The NT Government is notable for setting up a Men's Health Strategy Unit in 2011 and publishing an overview of men's health in 2013. There are many men's health organisations working across the Northern Territory. 

On 30 July in Darwin, Steven Torres-Carne, a Senior Project Officer at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, was awarded the NT Men’s Health Award.

Steven runs healing programs that focus on cultural and spiritual connection with the aim of empowering and strengthening men to reclaim their leadership and fathering roles in their families and communities.

Matthew Hull a case manager for MATES in Construction's Mining and Energy Northern Territory Project in the NT, was awarded the People’s Choice Award. The MATES program has an international reputation as one of the best evidenced workplace programs globally. As an ex-serviceman and born Territorian with strong community connections and focus, Matt has adapted the MATES model to the culture of the NT. 



There are a wide-range of men's organisations doing great work in Queensland.

Trademutt, a social enterprise workwear brand launched in 2018 by Daniel Allen and Edward Ross after losing a close mate to suicide, was named winner of the Queensland Men’s Health Awards on June 10. 

Trademutt aims to start conversations about mental health through the sale of colourful, attention-grabbing shirts for tradies.

Trademutt wins the Qld Men's Health Awards


Australian Capital Territory

The ACT is home to a number of organisations working to improve the lives and health of men and boys. 

Men’s Health Down Under was named winner of the ACT Men’s Health Awards in Canberra on Tuesday, 11 June. 

Men's Health Down Under is a specialist men’s health pharmacy that deals with a range of urological issues. Its main focus is supporting men who’ve had a prostatectomy, a procedure that can impact men’s physical and mental health.

Launched in 2013 by Brad Butt in Canberra, Men’s Health Down Under has 3 full-time pharmacists.

ACT Men's Health Award winner



NSW has a strong history of taking action to improve men’s health. On Tuesday June 11, Mr. Perfect was named winner of the NSW Men’s Health Awards in Sydney today.

Mr. Perfect is a mental health project that’s describes itself as a grassroots, “pre-crisis” charity that encourages conversation and connection between men in a supportive and inclusive environment. It’s aim is “to create a judgment-free society for men and their mental health”

Mr Perfect wins the NSW Men's Health Awards



Victoria is home to a number of leading organisations working to improve men's health. On Wednesday 12 June 2019

HALT (Hope Assistance Local Tradies) was awarded the Victoria Men’s Health Award.

HALT held its first event in Castlemaine in 2013, following the suicide of a local tradie. Its mission was to ensure every tradie in Australia knows how to look after their mental health and wellbeing. The program works by starting conversations with men in local communities about mental health and raising awareness of national support services such as Lifeline and Beyond Blue. 



South Australia

South Australia is home to a number of significant men's health organisations with a long tradition of promoting men and boys' health in Australia. On Thursday 13 June 2019 the Rotary Men’s Wellness campaign won South Australia Men’s Health Awards.

The Rotary Men’s Wellness Campaign is a travelling photographic exhibition of 30 men from across Eyre Peninsula that visited 10 towns. It aimed to highlight men’s mental health, educate and inform men about resources and services available, and work at removing the stigma around talking about mental health issues.

Rotary Men's Wellness campaign


Western Australia

Western Australia is one of only two States or Territories to have a current Men's Health Policy following successful lobbying by men's organisations in WA. 

On June 14 on the final day of AMHF Australia-wide celebration of Men's Health Award winners, The Fathering Project was named winner in WA.

The Fathering Project aims to inspire and equip fathers and father-figures to positively engage with the children in their lives – for the benefit of the kids. The Project’s core activity is helping establish Dads Groups. This is supported by weekly tips, online resources, community and school presentations and small and large-scale events. 

WA Men's Health Award winners from the Fathering Project



Tasmania is home to Men's Resources Tasmania, one of only two state-wide bodies in Australia that connects groups and individuals focused on improving the lives and health of men boys. On Wednesday 12th June 2019 Men with Heart by Tasmen won the Tasmania Men's Health Awards.

Tasmen says it has been delivering deep and powerful men’s work, that has drawn men from across the country for over 20 years. In 2018, Tasmen created the Men With Heart exhibition, a positive portrayal of men and masculinity that uses images captured at Tasmen’s events by photographer Paul Hoelen.

Tasmen Men With Heart


2018 Men’s Health Awards

The winners of the Men’s Health Awards 2018 were announced at the Men’s Health Gathering at Parramatta in November 2018.

The Gathering connected people together who are committed to improving the lives and health of men and boys: in 2018 The Gathering combined the 12th National Men’s Health Conference and the  9th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Convention.

Many of the speakers placed a strong focus on the social determinants of health and wellbeing and awards were made to groups and individuals who were recognised as having made a significant impact in the field. View the winners