Health event champions the importance of hearing men’s stories

This year’s Men’s Health Connected online summit turns its focus on the importance of men’s lived experience in the drive to improve the lives and health of men and boys.

The “Hearing Men’s Stories” event, which takes place on Thursday 19 May, is free to attend and aims to highlight some of the ways men's stories are shaping the way we tackle a range of health and social issues.
 
The first session of the day explores the question “What Is Lived Experience?”, particularly in relation to men and men’s health.
 
Speakers in this session include Darren Jiggins, Director of Training at Lived Experience Australia (LEA) who will highlight some findings about men’s health from LEA’s recent research with Equally Well Australia.
 
Darren will be joined by Rob O’Leary, the manager of the Being Herd lived experience program run for young people by the mental health charity Batyr and Tynan Narywonczyk who works with the lived experience charity, Roses In The Ocean.

Dr Anthony Brown, CEO of Health Consumers NSW, will also share his insights on the importance of hearing men's experiences as health consumers. 
 
The second and final session of the day focuses on examples of “Putting Experience Into Action”.
 
Speakers for this session include Steve Jeffares who had a near-death experience when suffering a cardiac arrest while cycling in the Black Rock suburb of Melbourne. Steve’s life was saved by a passing cyclist who performed CPR. As a result of his experience, Steve has taken heart safety into his own hands, by giving staff at his businesses CPR training and installing life-saving defibrillators.
 
Steve will be joined by Tim Daly of This Is My Brave who works to tackle stigma by empowering people to publicly share their mental health stories and Carl Mason of Docobites who developed the We Are Men suicide prevention initiative that’s uses men’s stories to promote help-seeking.

To join us for Day 4 of Men’s Health Connected on Thursday 19 May, make sure you register online at the Men’s Health Connected website.

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.