Mal has been working at Atherton Hospital Community Health since April 2018 and has single headedly introduced men's health to the Community Health agenda and the local community. He has forged links with the local men's shed and has facilitated on site talks on multiple health topics in an effort to improve the health of the local aged male population. The relationship between Mal and the Men’s Shed remains strong and growing.
Mal arranged a Healthy Men at Work Train the Trainer program 2019, with the involvement of Greg Millan, to train employers, managers and staff on strategies to working with men, suicide prevention, mental health considerations and strategies for engaging men. One of the largest employers of agricultural labourers was invited to attend and a bond was formed that enables information and support about men's health to flow to where it is needed.
Mal has attended conferences to increase his own knowledge and create networks. Mal is more than keen to have this information utilised by participating in programs and events such as the Tablelands Health Expo (displays and discussions with men) and Veterans Health Week where he presented a talk on men's health to veterans.
The Community Health physical environment has become more “man friendly” with the waiting rooms displaying information for men previously not considered. Mal has achieved so much in the past 2 years I am looking forward to seeing what the next few years bring.