Nominations for the 2019 Men's Health Awards are open and we’d like your help to identify potential award winners for Queensland.
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 Queensland.
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 New South Wales, Victoria, 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.
Queensland doesn't have a a men's health strategy but the State Government does place a focus on five key areas of men's health which are weight, heart health, mental health, cancer and men's health through the decades.
If you know of examples of male-friendly health services in Queensland that 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.
Queensland is home to some great work on fatherhood. It's where you'll find the HQ of Dads Group Inc which has several groups meeting across the state. The Fathering Project saw its first Queensland group open in 2019.
Beer And Bubs runs regular childbirth classes for men at a pub in Brisbane.
For separated dads, there are Dads In Distress support groups run by Parents Beyond Breakup.
If you know of examples of dads projects in Queensland that you think we should consider for an award, let us know 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.
Queensland is home to some great projects working with younger men, such as the Mackay Shed Happens group which trains Year 11 and 12 students in their model of "fair-dinkum manhood".
We are also keen to identify schools that are putting a focus on boys’ wellbeing, such as the Churchie boys' school which focuses on the "Making of Men" and has developed an emotional intelligence program for boys in partnership with Swinburne University and Aspley State School, which has developed a "Mini Men’s Shed" to help Year 3 to Year 6 boys develop confidence and self-awareness while also acquiring key life skills.
Several schools in Qld have worked with The Rite Journey, a school-based rites of passage program that runs separate programs for boys and girls. To date, six schools have been awarded Lead School Status for best practice implementation of The Rite Journey for over 5 years, one of these is St John's Anglican College in Forest Lake.
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. The best known projects working with older men's sheds, can be found across Queensland.
Some sheds run particularly innovative projects such as the South Brisbane Men's Shed, which hosts a special interest group for fathers whose sons have autism (and any dad or male who supports someone with autism).
But it’s not just men’s sheds who are providing male-friendly support services to older men, there are other projects like the Toowoomba Older Men's Network, Circle of Men and Blokes Lounge who are doing great work too.
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 local projects based in Queensland including:
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, which started in Queensland, blazed a trail for men’s health by delivering male-friendly services in male dominated industries.
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 Queensland
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 groups and men’s gatherings in Queensland include:
If you know of any men's groups or men's gatherings in Queensladn 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 Cherbourg Aboriginal Men's Shed and the CQ Health's New Endings Men's Program.
If you know of any Queensland projects focused on Indigenous male health, make a nomination here:
LGBTI+ male health
Males who identify as gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex can face particular health challenges. Services like QuAC provide health information to 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 disadvantage 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 44 Men’s Health Peer Education (MHPE) volunteers in Queensland.
If you know of projects in Queensland 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 Queensland 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 Queensland. 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