Nominations for the 2019 Men's Health Awards are open and we’d like your help to identify potential award winners for the Northern Territory.
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 the Northern Territory.
You can make a nomination today by leaving a suggestion here:
The closing date for nominations in the Northern Territory is 16th July 2019 and we'll be announcing this year's winners on July 30, 2019.
Health services that work for men
This year we’re looking for examples of health initiatives that are actively taking a male-friendly approach.
The NT doesn't currently have a men's health strategy, but the issue of men's health is referenced on the NT Government website and was notable for setting up a Men's Health Strategy Unit in 2011 and publishing an overview of men's health in 2013.
At a Federal level, the NT is notable for being home to Solomon MP, Luke Gosling, who has been working the ALPs national approach to men's health since 2016.
There are a number of programs addressing men's health issues in the NT, with a strong focus on Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander men's health. If you know of a program 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.
In the NT, various groups have focused on the needs of dads such as the Malak Family Hub's dads group and the Melaleuca Refuge Centre which has run a Multicultural Men's Group and the City of Palmerston's Strong Young Dads project.
If you know of any initiatives focused on fathers in the NT, you can nominate them for an award here:
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.
If you know of any initiatives focused on boys and younger men in the NT, 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. There are a number of men's sheds operating in the NT, from Alice Springs to Darwin.
If you know of any initiatives focused on older men, you can nominate them for an award here:
Men’s mental health
If you know of any initiatives focused on men’s mental health in the NT, you can nominate them for an award here:
Men’s working lives
Men spend twice as many hours in paid work as 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. MATES appointed their first NT field officer in January 2019.
If you know of any initiatives focused on the workplace, you can nominate them for an award here:
Men’s groups in the NT
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.
If you know of any men's groups or men's gatherings in the Northern Territory 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. The Northern Territory is home to a number of Indigenous men's health projects including:
- The Danila Dilba Men's Clinic
- The Ingkintja Male Health Men's Shed
- The Tiwi Islands Men's Healing Program - Wurrumiyanga
- Our Men, Our Healing
- The StrongBala Men's Health Program
LGBTI+ male health
Males who identify as gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex can face particular health challenges. The website Out NT provides links to a range of projects across the Northern Territory.
If you know of specific projects working males who identify as LGBTI+ you can nominate them for an award 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 5 Men’s Health Peer Education (MHPE) volunteers in the Northern Territory.
If you know of projects in NT focusing improving the lives and health of these priority populations of men and boys, please let us know using the form linked below:
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 NT. 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