Online summit turns to men working in caring roles

Men are under-represented in a variety of care settings including early childhood education, nursing, paid and unpaid care work and parenting. On Friday June 26, the Men’s Health Connected Online Summit explores the current status of men in early childhood education and brings together men working across different care settings to discuss some of the challenges faced by men in caring roles.

The two sessions will celebrate their success and examine different ways to increase men's access to caring as a social role and a profession.


The first session – ‘Men Working in Early Childhood Education – Where Now? – starts at 1.30pm with the following speakers:

Rob Fox, Early Childhood Education Specialist, Active Childhood (UK)

Max Christie, co-founder of VUW ECEQuality at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand

Craig d'Arcy, Preschool Coordinator at Shearwater, The Mullumbimby Steiner School in NSW

Justin Margolis, Valley Oak Children’s Services, California, advocate for father engagement in children’s lives.

Session 2 begins at 2.45, where Tom Docking, founder of Dads Group Inc, talks about his mission "to change the culture of fatherhood for better" by providing groups, events and services across Australia that give new dads the support and connection they need.

Session 3 starts at 3.15pm and looks at Men Taking Care in nursing, caring, childcare and at home.

Speakers include:

Luke Yokota, MACN, Chair of the Australian College of Nursing Men In Nursing Working Party

Greg Smith, male carer and founder of Men Care Too

Mark Tamhane, father of six and ABC editor with experience of being an at-home dad and;

Tristan Page, early childhood sector worker.


Read: Young boys missing out on early education role models

Register: Men Care Too: Men’s Health Connected Online Symposium


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