Nominations for the 2019 Men's Health Awards are open and we’d like your help to identify potential award winners for Tasmania.
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 Tasmania.
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, South Australia, 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.
Tasmania is home to Men's Resources Tasmania, one of only two state-wide bodies in Australia that connects groups and individuals focused on improving the lives and health of men boys. One of its key projects is publishing and distributing the Blokes Book across Tasmania.
Tasmania doesn't currently have a men's health strategy but over the years many key organisations have taken an interest in men's health including Rural Health Tasmania, Cancer Council Tasmania, AFL Tasmania, and Work Safe Tasmania.
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 a key life experience that shapes men’s health.
In Tasmania, fathers groups are sometimes run from Child Health Centres.
Several organisations run different types of dads' groups in Tasmania including Dads Group Inc and Beer And Bubs, which runs regular childbirth classes for men at pubs in Hobart and Launceston and Parents Beyond Breakup runs a Dads In Distress support groups in Tasmania.
At Hobart City Mission, DIY Dads provides support for single dads who are dealing with homelessness.
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.
One of the stand out projects in Tasmania in recent years has been SPEAK UP! Stay Chatty, which runs school programs on mental health for boys and girls. The project was set up by a young glazier, Mitch McPherson, following his brother's suicide.
We are keen to identify schools that are putting a focus on boys’ wellbeing, such as New Town High School, which has a character building curriculum for boys and the Hutchins School, which has a Power of 9 program for Year 9 boys.
St Patrick's College and Dominic College have worked with The Rite Journey, a school-based rites of passage program that runs separate programs for boys and girls.
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. According to the Tasmanian Men's Sheds Association, there are more than 60 men's sheds in Tasmania.
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. Tasmania has been notable for its focus on male suicide prevention, through Primary Health Tasmania's support for national Suicide Prevention Trial sites in Tasmania's north-west, Launceston and the Break O'Day council areas:
Rural Alive and Well (RAW) is also doing notable work reaching out to rural communities in Tasmania, including men.
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 OzHelp Foundation Tasmania, 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 Tasmania
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. TasMen in Tasmania is notable for three areas of activity:
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 Karadi Indigenous Men's Group and the No 34. Men's Group are just two examples of initiatives focused on Aboriginal men.
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. Groups like Working It Out promote a range of services that provide support to males who identify as LGBTI+.
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 MHPE volunteers in Victoria and Tasmania.
If you know of projects in Tasmania 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 Tasmania 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 Tasmania. 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