The Men’s Health Connected online gathering is back for a third year, bringing together men’s health leaders to take a closer look at some of the key issues impacting the lives and health of men and boys.
Now a major event on the men’s health calendar, Men’s Health Connected runs from 16-20 May AEST and is a free event attracting researchers, health practitioners, specialist health providers, and a wide range of grassroots organisations working to provide practical supports to men.
“We've been connecting the men's health sector through gatherings and events for more than 20 years,” said Australian Men’s Health Forum CEO, Glen Poole.
“Whether you want to share your experience, learn from others, make new connections or meet old friends, Men's Health Connected has become the number one event for people working in men's health.”
Day One on Monday, 16 May aptly kicks off the gathering with a dive into The State of Men’s Health. There will be a keynote presentation on the latest stats across key men’s health issues, followed by a debate on the current state of men’s health, including tabling of new research on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Australian men.
In light of the tragic death of Australian cricket legend Shane Warne, Men’s Health Connected will feature a solution-focused workshop on what action we can take to tackle heart disease, which remains the leading killer of Australian men.
The conference takes a new direction on Day 2, Tuesday 17 May, with the exploration of exercise as an effective connector of males, as well as being integral to maintaining physical and mental health. The Australian Men’s Health Forum, hosts of Men’s Health Connected, has long championed diverse approaches of engaging men through exercise. This MHC day-long titled Getting Men Moving will share best practice case studies and end with a live competition as nine community men's health initiatives pitch their projects with a prize of $1,000 going to the best idea.
Day 3 on Wednesday 18 May looks at what it takes to run a men’s health event in workplaces, community settings and online. With Men’s Health Week approaching on June 13 and International Men’s Day on 19 November, Running Men's Health Events is a must for people wanting to more effectively reach men. Hear from a wide range of organisations with a track record of engaging men, the importance of goal setting, location, themes and topics, formats and how to add "the X-factor" when planning a men's health event.
Day 4 on Thursday 19 May is titled Hearing Men’s Stories and putting men’s experiences at the heart of work to improve the lives and health of men and boys Australia. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Men in the mental health and suicide prevention lived experience space
- Men as patients/consumers involved in shaping health services
- Men as peer workers and peer volunteers
- Men advocating for new approaches to health and social issues (based on personal experience)
- Men involved in health promotion/education as case studies/ambassadors etc.
Finally, Day 5 on Friday 20 May will feature a selection of educational online workshops on a range of topics for people who work with men and boys. Some workshop topics under consideration include men's heart health first aid; engaging boys; engaging men in therapy; working with fathers; becoming a lived experience speaker and male suicide prevention.
Following last year's event, which saw more than 700 people register, 90% of people who took part in a post-event survey said Men's Health Connected was very valuable to them.
“Because it's a free event, it's easy for anyone working to improve the lives and health of men and boys to sign up, get online and connect with like-minded people,” said Glen Poole.
Register now to receive updates on Men’s Health Connected 2022. Speakers will be published as schedules are confirmed. Each day runs from 9.30am-4.30pm, with multiple sessions and breakout groups.
View past MHC sessions on our You Tube channel.