Men's Health Week 2023: 10 Top Highlights
Men's Health Week takes place from 12-18 June 2023 and the theme in Australia this year is Healthy Habits. Tens of thousands of people will take part in Men's Health Week activities all around the country.
We can't capture all the events that are happening, so here are 10 of our top highlights including some online events that you can attend free of charge.
1. Men's Health Week Official Launch
As Monday 12 June is a public holiday in many parts of Australia, Men's Health Week 2023 will be officially launched on Tuesday 13 June. The launch, hosted by the Centre for Male Health at Western Sydney University, will be held at CommBank Stadium from 13th June from 8:15am - 9:30am.
To find out about attending the event via livestream contact the Centre for Male Health at [email protected]
2. Know Your Man Facts
We all know that being unfit is bad for our health, but did you know that being physically inactive kills more men each year than prostate cancer or suicide or road traffic accidents? This is one of 10 key facts about exercise and men's health released by the Know Your Man Facts campaign ahead of Men's Health Week.
Our new Know Your Man Facts toolkit has been downloaded by businesses, health practices, public venues and local groups across Australia and will form the basis of dozens of men's health events in workplaces and community settings throughout Men's Health Week.
To find out more about these resources see the Know Your Man Facts section of our website.
3. Men's Health Connected lunchtime talks
The theme of Men's Health Week this year is Healthy Habits and so we're inviting men around Australia to sign up for a series of free online lunchtime talks under the following topics:
The talks are hosted by the Australian Men's Health Forum and feature a range of speakers who will share some great information and tips on how we can all develop healthier habits around sleep, nutrition, alcohol, exercise and our social connections.
Find out more about the free lunchtime webinar series here.
4. Raising money for men's health
Some charities use Men's Health Week as an opportunity to fundraise for their important work. This Men's Health Week the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is inviting supporters to get sponsored to walk 22km in recognition of the fact that an Aussie man is diagnosed with prostate cancer every 22 minutes.
Find out more at the PCFA's Perfect Match fundraising website.
5. Men's Health Week in Western Australia
There are so many significant events happening during Men's Health Week in WA that it's impossible to single out one. So here are three highlights:
- MensTalk and Richmond Wellbeing are hosting a day-long WA Mens Wellbeing Conference 2023 in Scarborough. Find out more here.
- The MHT (Men Healthier Together) Foundation is officially launching during Men's Health Week with a fundraising event featuring sporting legends Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Pavlich and Ryan Campbell, together with You Tube sensation Harry Fisher, for an exclusive, up close conversation about men’s health. Find out more here.
- The City of Bayswater is hosting one of Tomorrow Man's popular "A Night With The Blokes" events. Find out more here.
The Men's Table is convening an online conversation about "Healthy Habits for Healthy Men, Healthy Masculinities and Healthy Relationships" facilitated by Men’s Table co-founder David Pointon, with special guest Rae Bonney, a Workplace Mental Health Consultant. Both David and Rae currently sit on the board of the Australian Men's Health Forum.
They will be joined by Tadgh Kennelly, ex-AFL and Gaelic Premiership Footballer, co-founder of the men's mental health project When No-One is Watching - WNOW.
The webinar takes place at lunchtime on Thursday 15 June and you can register to attend here.
7. Hearing health
Industrial Deafness is a hidden disability among men. Men are more susceptible to acquired hearing loss than women, as the professions with the highest risk tend to be dominated by men. These include factory workers, construction workers, truck drivers, farmers, miners, and airline ground staff.
During Men’s Health Week a number of organisations are offering free hearing tests and bloom™ hearing specialists are hosting a novel "Beer & Hear" event for men in Port Kennedy (WA) and raising funds for the local Men's Shed.
Nationally, the Government is inviting men to learn about steps we can take towards better hearing. Find out more on the Department of Health website.
8. Healthy Male focuses on loneliness
The charity Healthy Male is focusing on the impact of loneliness this Men’s Health Week.
Healthy Male defines loneliness as a feeling of sadness or distress you get when your relationships with others aren’t meeting your need for personal connection. Just as hunger tells us we need food, loneliness tells us a different fundamental need is not being met. You can find out more about being lonely and why it is a men's health issue at the Healthy Male website.
9. Men's Health Night
A popular feature of Men's Health Week are events like Blokes Breakfasts and Men's Health Nights. OnePointHealth allied health clinic in Sydney and the Blue Mountains hosted its first ever Men’s Health event last year and it's back by popular demand.
The ‘Boys Night In’ focuses on prevention, awareness and education. The event will feature a panel of expert guest speakers discussing Men’s Health topics, followed by dinner and a live big screening of the Panthers vs Cowboys game.
OnePointHealth is working on the event in partnerships with the local Penrith Mens Walk and Talk, a group of local men who gather every Thursday.
Find out more about the Boys' Night In here.
10. Local government backs Men's Health Week
Gladstone Regional Council (GRC) in Queensland is a great example of a local government authority that supports Men's Health Week. With the support of the Queensland Government, GRC is working to raise awareness of Men's Health.
The council is hosting a free event for men called "An Unlikely Conversation" featuring a Q&A at the local Marina Parklands on the evening of Sunday 11 June with former Brisbane Broncos NRL star, Darius Boyd,
For more information see the Gladstone Council website.