Australia’s biggest online men’s health summit will run throughout June bringing together leading voices in men’s health discussing a range of high profile topics and inviting diverse opinions across the sector.
Men’s Health Connected is a free four-week event tailored for everyone who’s committed to improving the lives and health of men and boys in Australia.
Several months ago, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure – or postponement – of gatherings, conferences, events – across Australia including the Australian Men’s Health Forum-hosted National Gathering, that was to take place in May.
Not to be deterred, we have seen many men’s groups respond quickly to the crisis, providing online counselling, connection and tools to support various groups and individuals.
Zoom, Facebook Live, SKYPE and other like-digital platforms have enabled people to connect from their homes, whether for business or personal purposes.
People are invited to take part in all, or some, of this men’s health marathon. The ball is entirely in your court.
Week 1 kicks off from June 1 – June 6 and is themed around Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – a topic that is always top of mind in men’s health, but even more so with predictions of heightened rates of suicide amid the coronavirus outbreak and ongoing social and economic ramifications.
Included in this week is a discussion on how to make suicide prevention more male-friendly and how to make male suicide a national priority.
Week 2 focuses on the health of men and boys, including a day-long event on the power of sport and how sport can be used as a tool for better mental and social health.
Also during this week (on June 10) the Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre, Western Sydney University will present a one-day symposium on the social determinants of boys’ health and wellbeing. This event will be of interest to health workers, social workers, community workers, academics, researchers, teachers and anyone with a general interest in boys’ wellbeing.
The Boys’ Health Symposium on Thursday 11 June will focus on innovative ways of working with boys and adolescents, the over-prescription of AHHD and how to develop healthy relationships in young males.
Week Four and Five will feature the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Meet-Up, the Men’s Health Research Symposium and a day dedicated to understanding the health needs of males who identify as gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex.
The Men’s Health Connected Online Summit is hosted by the Australian Men’s Health Forum, which receives funding from the Federal Government. We warmly invite you to take part in the conversation from the comfort and safety of your chosen surrounds.
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