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Full Men's Health Gathering program released

The full program for the 2020 National Men’s Health Gathering is now available.

The Gathering incorporates the 10th Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Convention, which kicks off on Wednesday 13 May and overlaps with the start of the 13th National Men’s Health Conference on Thursday.

An early breakfast Dads Sector panel session features Thomas Docking, CEO Dads Group Inc, Kati Gapaillard, CEO The Fathering Project and Greg Aldridge, CEO EveryMan Australia.

There will be more robust talk at the mid-morning panel session titled: Does Australia lead the world in men’s health? with contributors Dr Anthony Brown (Global Action for Men’s Health), Cristina Caperchione (Associate Professor, Sports and Exercise Science, UTS), Professor Gary Wittert (Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health, University of Adelaide) and Brendan Maher (Global Director, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Movember).

Day two will be split into four streams: Health Research, Mental Health, Social Health and the continuance of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Convention.

Speakers include: Arne Rubinstein looking at Contemporary Rites of Passage, Sonia Terhaag (Australian Institute of Family Studies) presenting findings from the Ten to Men study on ‘Risk factors for suicidality among Australian men’, Darryl Harris (All Souls St Gabriels School) with the results of a pilot school-based young men’s program and Simon Santosha (Men and Family Counselling) on ‘Good practice approaches to preventing separated-instigated violence by newly separated men’.

Darren Black, CEO of the OzHelp Foundation, will lead a session on ‘Lessons from working with men in rural and remote locations’ in the afternoon, following presentations from Mary O’Brien, (Are You Bogged Mate?) on 'reaching the hard to reach', and Owen Catto (Regional Men’s Health Initiative) discussing the successful Working with Warriors program as an approach to connection with remote males.

There are also afternoon presentations by Terry Cornick, (Mr Perfect), Catherine Dell’Aquila (Western Bulldogs, Sons of the West Program) and Cristina Caperchione (The Hat Trick Men’s program) to illustrate the use of men’s love of sport to improve male health.

The day two program will finish with a panel discussion titled ‘How men and men’s health are changing, from cradle to grave,’ with guests Jeremy McVean (The Fatherhood), Darren Black (OzHelp) and Jack Jones (program director, the Banksia Project).

Key themes up for exploration on Day 3 are stories of best practice from health professionals delivering male-friendly programs and services; male suicide prevention (what’s working to keep men at risk alive?); tackling violence from the perspective of male victims and male perpetrators and working with priority populations of men.

Hear from:

  • Andrew King (Relationships Australia NSW) ‘Working with men as victims using a gendered DV lens’
  • Deborah Mulligan (University of South Queensland), ‘Finding solutions to address the silent statistics around older men and suicide ideation’
  • Jessica Law (Department of Veteran Affairs), ‘Engaging with veterans – key learnings from the MHPE program
  • Ken Clearwater (Male Survivors Aotearoa), ‘Working with men who have been sexually abused’
  • Tess Bartlett, (Monash University), ‘Just friends and family: the importance of informal support for imprisoned primary care fathers pre and post release in Victoria’
  • Rebecca McGowan (Prick ‘N A Pint), ‘Pub-based men’s health program’
  • Michael Riley (Relationships Australia NSW) ‘How men are developing emotional intelligence and why we need more’
  • Mitch McPherson (SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY) ‘Behind the smile, the story of life after losing my brother to suicide
  • Madeleine Gearside (Carers NSW) ‘Supporting male carers’ health and wellbeing in the workplace’
  • Sam Parker, (Grab Life by the Balls) ‘Building a proactive men’s mental health movement’


Early bird tickets for the 2020 Men’s Health Gathering end today so register in time to take advantage of discounted prices.

The Gathering, celebrating its 25th-year anniversary, will bring together leaders in men’s health from across Australia in one of the biggest events in the men’s health sector for 2020.

Taking place this year at Rydges in Melbourne, the Gathering will also celebrate the winner of the Men’s Health Awards, which are presented by conference hosts, the Australian Men’s Health Forum.

The Awards celebrate the work being done to improve the lives of men and boys, through the efforts of individuals and organisations and a mix of voluntary and funded initiatives, which place a focus on the social determinants of men’s health.

Last year, the awards were announced during Men’s Health Week in June and drew a wide-range of nominations from across nation, with Awards made in each state and territory.

Similarly, local awards will be announced ahead of the Gathering in 2020 and a new categories of  National Awards will be presented on Thursday, 14 May at the conference dinner.


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