Our Top 10 Men’s Health Week Events
It’s Men’s Health Week this week (Monday 13 June to Sunday 19 June) and to help you decide how to get involved, we’ve picked 10 great events to attend, many of which can be accessed online.
You can also check out the Men’s Health Week website hosted by the Centre for Male Health for more information of some of the activity taking place this week.
1. The Men’s Health Week Launch Event
As Monday is a public holiday in many parts of Australia, the official Men's Health Week launch this year is on Tuesday 14 June. No matter where you are in Australia (or the world) you can join the team at the Centre for Male Health in Sydney for the official launch event at 8am AEST either in person or online.
The event will be a celebration of some of the men and organisations who are working to address the inequities in men’s health and showcase some of the extraordinary work being done to address men’s unique health challenges.
You can register to attend this event at the University of Western Sydney or receive online access to the livestream here.
2. World Health Organisation (WHO) Twitter Event
To mark the start of Men’s Health Week internationally, the World Health Organisation is hosting a Twitter Spaces discussion on Why Men’s Health Matters. You can take part online (if you have a twitter account) from 8.00pm AEST via @WHO
This event has arisen thanks to the advocacy work of Global Action on Men's Health - an organisation which AMHF is a founding member of - and marks the first time that WHO has formally recognised Men's Health Week.
Speakers at this online event will include Peter Baker, Director of Global Action on Men’s Health; Derek Griffith, Director of the Center for Men’s Health Equity in the US, Erin Kenney, Team Lead, Gender, Equity and Human Rights, WHO
3. Men’s Talk Webinars
One organisation that has burst on to Australia’s men’s health scene in the past year is Men’s Talk AU, based in WA.
One of Men’s Talk’s initiatives this week is a series of 4 men’s health webinars that can be attended in person in Perth or viewed online. The webinars run every evening from Monday through to Thursday at 6.30pm AWST.
The webinars feature conversations on fatherhood, men’s heart health, men’s mental health and prostate cancer. More details on the webinars, information on the speakers and importantly how to register can be found on the City of Freemantle website.
4. Men’s Health Week Sundowner (WA)
In addition to its webinar series, Men’s Talk is running its flagship event – The Men’s Health Week Sundowner – in partnership with Men’s Health and Wellbeing WA.
The event, which runs from 5pm to 8pm on Friday 17 June features guest speakers, finger food (which promises to be both “delicious and healthy”), refreshments and lots of surprises. The event will be hosted by the new Synkro Wellness Centre at the Karrinyup Shopping Centre.
Speakers include James Wild (CEO of Men’s Sheds of WA) and Len Yarran (Co Chair of Wadjak Northside Aboriginal Community Group).
You can register to take part in the Men’s Health Week Sundowner event here and if you are in the Karrinyup area, check out the full range free events for men being hosted by Synkro throughout the week .
5. Men With Heart Exhibition (Melbourne)
Men with Heart is an inter-active multi-media installation with over 40 photographs (by Paul Hoelen) and 13 video interviews (by Troy Melville). The images and videos were captured at the Annual Tasmanian Men's Gathering over several years and feature in the award-winning Men With Heart exhibition in Hobart in 2018.
Now on the mainland for the first time, the exhibition can be viewed at the Melbourne Camera Club in South Melbourne throughout Men's Health Week and right through until 3 July (opening hours 10.30am to 5pm)
On Monday13 June there is an Artist's Talk with photographer Paul Hoelen from 1.30pm to 3pm.
6. Tackling The Challenge Exhibition (Sydney)
The men all featured in Western Sydney University’s Centre for Male Health as part of the ‘Talking Men’s Health in South Western Sydney’ series.
The initiative is supported by South Western Sydney Health District and includes a launch event on Thursday 16 June that you can register for here.
7. Walk For Him Fundraiser
The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia is launching a new fundraiser for Men’s Health Week this year and is inviting supporters to take 49,000 in solidarity with men and families.
The number 49 has been chosen because 49 Australian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every day, the most frequently diagnosed cancer in Australian men.
Funds raised from Walk For Him will be channeled towards PCFA’s research to detect and defeat prostate cancer and to help PCFA educate the community with information kits to men and their families.
8. Booroondara Celebrates Men’s Health Week (Victoria)
Booroondara in East Melbourne is one of a number of Local Government areas that takes action to mark Men’s Health Week.
This year it is supporting several initiatives. This includes partnering with The Fathering Project to offer free Youth Mental Health First Aid training; running a dads and kids walk in partnership with the YMCA and hosting a blokes’ health talk about prostate cancer.
Find out about all of Boroondara’s men’s health week activities here.
9. Breaking Down Barriers
The charity Healthy Male says “there’s nothing more important than looking after your health” and so this Men’s Health Week they are “breaking down the barriers and facing up to good health”.
During the week, Healthy Male is looking at five factors that they say prevent men from seeking information and support when it comes to health and sharing practical tools and resources for bettering your wellbeing.
You find out more about these five barriers by visiting the Healthy Male website or register for the accompanying webinar for health professionals on the topic featuring Associate Professor Tim Moss, Dr Zac Seidler and men’s health nurse Michael Whitehead.
10. Celebrating Men’s Health Week – after the event
If Men’s Health Week passes you by before you have time to get involved, don’t worry, you can still get involved with men’s health events all year round.
The City of Salisbury in South Australia, for example, is celebrating men’s health week next week with an event just for Blokes over 50.
Activities include 8 ball, darts, wood burning, virtual reality, men’s health check, info booths and music from the Three Amigos. Guest speakers include Professor Gary Wittert, Director of the Freemasons Centre for Male Health & Wellbeing at the University of Adelaide.
If you interested in Men’s Health events, remember to check out our men’s health events calendar which is updated throughout the year with new events through the year.