The Australian Men’s Health Forum has a proud history of championing those who do great work to improve the lives and health of men and boys.
One of the ways we do this is by promoting male-friendly services that, in the words of the National Men’s Health Strategy, are “consciously considering the needs and preferences of men”.
To this end, we are calling for nominations for the 2019 AMHF Men’s Health Awards, which will be announced during Men’s Health Week from 10-16 June.
Who do you think deserves recognition for the work they are doing to create a healthier future for men and boys?
Individuals or organisations, paid or voluntary, AMHF seeks to shine a light on those who are making a difference.
Australia is one of the world’s healthiest societies, yet men die six years younger than women on average and are twice as likely as women to die from preventable causes before the age of 75.
Research also shows that the best way to address these issues and drive meaningful change is to tackle the underlying social factors that impact health, whether this be in education, parenting, the workplace, social settings and the way health services are delivered.
In Australia, men’s health networks are growing, but the number of groups and initiatives that support men are nowhere near as prevalent as those in the women’s sector.
Since 2017, AMHF has been part of the Federal Government-funded Male Health initiative alongside our partners at Health Male (formerly Andrology Australia); the Ten To Men study and the Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre. Together, we work alongside organisations like the Australian Men’s Sheds Association that has been backed by Federal funding every year since the launch of of the first National Men’s Health Policy in 2010.
Mates in Construction was established in 2008 to reduce the high level of suicide in Australia among construction workers andand continues to be a beacon of best practice in workplace suicide prevention.
The Movember Foundation has prompted Aussies blokes across the nation to grow moustaches in November and raise money for cancer research and mental health research.
Menslink in Canberra is seeing massive demand for the services it provides younger males, including an impactful life skills program.
OzHelp, also Canberra-based, targets the workplace to drive change.
Parents Beyond Breakup continues to provide support services for Dads In Distress and Men’s Wellbeing runs men’s groups and men’s gatherings across Australia. In rural areas, services like the Men’s Resource Centre (Albany); the Men’s Outreach Services (Broome) and the Rural Men’s Health Initiative (WA) are working to ensure men in rural areas have better access to help and support.
At a strategic level, Men’s Resources Tasmania and Men’s Health and Wellbeing WA are advocating for better services for men and boys in their States, while the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health in SA places its focus on research into men’s health.
AMHF has long had strong relationships with with the Aboriginal men’s health sector and it’s been great to see NACCHO’s annual Ochre Day event thrive in recent years, in addition to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander convention that continues to be part of our National Men’s Health Gathering
There are also many lesser known endeavours undertaken by passionate individuals such as Ian Westmoreland in Sydney's north, who has developed a men’s mentoring program (Mentoring Males), or Gay Corbett, a prostate cancer nurse who obtained funding from Nurses Victoria to pilot a prostate-specific workshop for men in Ballarat, Victoria. And what about the new approach to engage men in health services at their local pub in regional Victoria, the brainchild of Albury GP Dr Rebecca McGowan.
And so many more.
Who do you think deserves recognition for the work they are doing to improve the lives and health of men and boys?
Make sure they are noticed. Make your nomination by Sunday 12 May.