Nominations for the 2019 Men's Health Awards are open and we’d like your help to identify potential award winners for New South Wales.
We're on the hunt for the very best examples of male-friendly services, programs and initiatives that are working to improve the lives and health of men and boys in NSW.
You can make a nomination today by leaving a suggestion here:
The closing date for nominations is Sunday 12 May 2019 and we'll be announcing this year's winners during Men's Health Week (10 to 16 June 2019).
You can also make nominations for male-friendly services in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT.
Find out more about this year's here:
Health services that work for men
This year we’re looking for examples of health initiatives that are actively taking a male-friendly approach.
NSW has a strong history of taking action to improve men’s health. It’s home to the Men’s Health and Information and Resource Centre that, amongst other things, is the driving force behind Australia’s annual celebration of Men’s Health Week. It’s also one of only two states with a Men’s Health Strategy and is home to the head office of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
Furthermore, NSW is also home to the Hunter New England Male Health Network, which is facilitated by Ken McKenzie, the Local Health District’s Men’s Health Co-ordinator. It’s also home to Men’s Health Services which delivers training on Engaging Men training program and in rural New South Wales, the Men's Health Education Rural Van (MHERV) is still going strong.
These are just a few examples of male-friendly services and if you have a suggestion you think we should consider for an award, let us know here:
Services Working With Dads
Fatherhood is one of key life experiences that shape men’s health.
NSW is home to some great work on fatherhood with the University of Newcastle in particular playing home to the Fathers and Family Research Program and the Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids program.
NSW is also home to Andy King of Groupwork Solutions who has recently co-authored the book Generative Fathering, a guide for practitioners to improve their engagement and work with fathers in community services, social work, psychology, counselling, domestic violence and health contexts.
For separated dads, Coffs Harbour was the birthplace of Dads In Distress nearly 20 years ago, a program which continues to thrive under the guidance of Parents Beyond Breakup.
Beer And Bubs runs regular childbirth classes for men at pubs in Sydney and Newcastle.
More recently, the DILF Club (“Dads I’d Like To Friend”) was found in Terrigal last September and on the last count had expanded to cover six states.
Services working with young men and boys
The foundations of men’s lives are generally built in childhood and so projects that work with boys and young men are of particular interest to the men’s health sector.
NSW is home to some great projects working with younger men, such as the Top Blokes Foundation and Conviction Group. It’s also home to boys’ education expert, Dr Peter West, author of the book What is the Matter with Boys?
We are keen to identify schools that are putting a focus on boys’ wellbeing, such as Scots College in Sydney that runs a six-month rite of passage program for Year 9 students.
Several schools in NSW have worked with The Rite Journey, a school-based rites of passage program that is runs separate programs for boys and girls.
If you know of any initiatives focused on boys and younger men, you can nominate them for an award here:
Services working with older men
As part of this year’s Men’s Health Awards we’re keen to hear from projects working with older men. According to the NSW branch of the Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA), there are more than 300 men’s sheds across the state. But it’s not just men’s sheds who are providing male-friendly support services to older men, there are other projects like OMNI (Older Men: New Ideas) who are running groups in NSW.
If you know of any initiatives focused on older men, you can nominate them for an award here:
Men’s Mental Health
In recent years, Men’s Mental Health has been one of the key areas of growth in the men’s health sector with a wide range of local projects emerging across NSW and the rest of the country.
- The Banksia Project
- Mr Perfect
- Mentoring Men
- The Australian Man Cave Support Group
- Fly Program
- Coffee 4 Blokes
- Hearts & Minds Barber Emporium
If you know of any initiatives focused on men’s mental health, you can nominate them for an award here:
Men’s Working Lives
Men spend twice as many hours in paid work as women, doubling their exposure to the risks and benefits of work. Projects like Mates In Construction have blazed a trail for men’s health by delivering male-friendly services in male-dominated industries. Other projects like Behind The Seen address some of the negative impacts that work can have on men's health.
We’re keen to identify more projects that are making work healthier for men, including projects that focus on making work more father-friendly.
If you know of any initiatives focused on the workplace, you can nominate them for an award here:
Men’s Groups In New South Wales
Men’s groups play an important role in the Australian men’s health sector even though they don’t always fit neatly into our understanding of what health is. Some of the best known men’s and men’s gatherings in NSW include:
If you know of any men's groups or men's gatherings in NSW that you think deserve an award, make a nomination here:
Indigenous Men’s Health
The health of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander males is a specific area of concern for the men's health sector. Projects like the Babana Aboriginal, The Shed In Mount Druitt, Red Dust Healing and the Tharawal Aboriginal men’s group. The North Sydney Local Health District is also notable for developing an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander men's health plan.
LGBTI+ Male Health
Males who identify as gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex can face particular health challenges. Projects like ACON and the Sydney Sexual Health Centre for Gay Men, place a specific focus on the health of LGBTI+ males. If you know of other projects you think should be nominated for an award, let us know here:
Services Working With Priority Groups
In addition to Indigenous males and LGBTI+ males, there are 7 priority populations of men identified in the National Men's Health Strategy. They are socio-economically disadvantaged men and boys; rural and remote men and boys; men and boys living with disabilities (including mental illness); culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) men and boys; socially isolated men and boys; men who are veterans and men and boys in the criminal justice system.
For example, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs runs the Men’s Health Peer Education (MHPE) program. There are currently 62 MHPE volunteers in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
If you know of projects in NSW focused on improving the lives and health of these priority populations of men and boys, please let us know using the form linked below:
Specialist Services for Men and Boys
There are many projects working to improve the lives of men and boys that have a specialist focus. In NSW these include:
Who Have We Missed?
This article provides an overview of just some of the projects working to improve the lives and health of men and boys in NSW. We're sure we've missed loads of great projects so please us know who else deserves a mention by nominating them to a 2019 Men's Health Award here:
Men’s Health Awards 2019 Nomination Form