Nominations for the 2019 Men's Health Awards are open and we’d like your help to identify potential award winners for South Australia.
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 WA.
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, Queensland, Western 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.
South Australia is home of the Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies which has a long tradition of promoting men and boys' health in Australia. It is also home of the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health at the University of Adelaide, which created the Let's Be Frank Men's Health YouTube channel.
SA Health doesn't have a men's health strategy but it does promote men's heath services and has recruited Port Adelaide’s Robbie Gray as a men's health ambassador. The Royal Flying Doctor in SA has been running a male-friendly health prevention service since 2017.
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.
In SA, the Government-funded Women and Children's Health Network runs a Fatherhood Support program at various locations.
Beer And Bubs runs regular childbirth classes for men at a pub in Adelaide.
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.
SA is home to the Rite Journey, a school-based program that is run separately for boys and girls. In 2019 The Rite Journey is being taught in 95 schools on 4 continents to over 8000 students. To date, six schools have been awarded Lead School Status for best practice implementation of The Rite Journey for over 5 years, with two of these six schools being in SA.
If you know of any initiatives focused on boys and younger men in SA, 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. South Australia is credited as the birthplace of the Men's Sheds movement. It's just 25 years since "The Shed" in Goolwa opened and now there are 2,000 men's sheds all over the worlds, with around 80 men's sheds located in South Australia.
But it’s not just men’s sheds who are providing male-friendly support services to older men, the City of Playford, for example, has a Men's Wellbeing Community Services Officer who co-ordinates programs for older men.
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 the country. South Australia has been notable for two
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 has an operation in SA, have 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 South Australia
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 South Australia 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 Yalata Blue House, KWY Men's Services and the Zebra Finch Aboriginal Men's Group are just a few examples of good practice in this area.
If you know of any SA 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. Shine SA promotes a range of organisations that provide support to males who identify as LGBTI+ and SA has a support group for gay dads.
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 14 Men’s Health Peer Education (MHPE) volunteers in South Australia.
If you know of projects in SA focusing 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 SA 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