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May kicks off with Fatherhood symposium

May is a bumper month in men's health, with the Australian Father Research Symposium kicking off the calendar from May 5-6. The deadline to register is Friday April 29.

This is a hybrid event, where people can attend in person ($150 full rate including lunch, $95 concession) at the Deakin Downtown, Melbourne or via Zoom ($70 full rate, $35 concession).

The symposium is an annual event representing a range of disciplines connected to fathering and directed at practitioners working with dads.

Co-hosted by the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development at Deakin University, together with the University of Newcastle and the Institute for Health Transformation, Day 1 of the Symposium will feature keynote speakers Professor Craig Garfield (US) and Dr Niki Vincent (Australia).

Dr Vincent, who was appointed as Victoria’s first Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner in September 2020, will address gender stereotypes in parenting.

Craig Garfield is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and a practicing pediatrician at the Lurie Children’s Hospital (LCH) of Chicago. His presentation is titled: Lessons Learned from the United States: Including Fathers in Research, Policy and Beyond

Day 2 research presentations will be made by keynote speakers Professor Hiram Fitzgerald (US) and Dr Cameron Willis (Australia).

Hiram (Hi) Fitzgerald is University Distinguished Professor and Associate Provost Emeritus at Michigan State University, and Adjunct Professorial Fellow at Curtin University, Australia. His talk is titled: Fathers and Sons: The Risk-Resilience Continuum and Systemic Change

 Associate Professor Cameron Willis is a scholar at Swinburne University and practitioner of collaborative practice, with a specialism in multisectoral platforms and partnerships for tackling complex problems. His presentation is: Making multi-sectoral collaborations work: key ingredients for achieving sustainable change

You can find more information and register here:

Also coming up ...

Men's Health Connected hosted by the Australian Men's Health Forum from May 16-19)

Men's Health Awards hosted by the Australian Men's Health Forum (nominations May, voting June)

Men's Health Week (June 13-19th)


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