The Fathering Project has won the Western Australia Men's Health Awards.
The Fathering Project aims to inspire and equip fathers and father-figures to positively engage with the children in their lives – for the benefit of the kids. The Project’s core activity is helping establish Dads Groups. This is supported by weekly tips, online resources, community and school presentations and small and large-scale events.
The Australian Men’s Health Forum Awards are being made across Australia this week during Men’s Health Week from 10-16 June.
On Monday in Brisbane, TradeMutt took out the Brisbane ‘trophy’ and yesterday in Canberra, Men’s Health Downunder took top honours with Mr. Perfect claiming top honours in NSW. In Hobart, Men with Heart by Tasmen, won the Tasmania Awards and HALT (Jeremy Forbes) was top place in Victoria. The SA top place was won by the Rotary Men's Wellness campaign.
Nominations were received across Australia for the Awards and shortlisted according to the key criteria that they provide the most impactful male-friendly service to enhance the lives of men and boys. The short-list was put to a public vote.
The Fathering Project specifically targets men and provides support and resources for dads to have quality father-child engagement opportunities and share in important fathering discussion. They pride themselves in their ability to gather and connect men, families and communities in positive ways.
Dads Group program evaluation has found the project is having a significant impact with attendees becoming more connected to other dads, their children and the school community.
The Fathering Project is currently established in Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. In 2019 it received a $5.4m funding boost from the Federal Government and has ambitious plans to establish 3,700 Groups established across Australia within five years.
In Western Australia the following were also shortlisted from an outstanding field:
The Regional Men’s Health Initiative (RMHI), delivered by Wheatbelt Men’s Health, has been working to empower men and communities to take responsibility for their wellbeing and health since the mid-1990s.
The Young Men’s Project (YMP) by Youth Focus engages young men in suicide prevention by facilitating workshops where they create their own practical solutions to save each other’s lives.
The Well Man app was created by Grant Westthorp of the Men’s Resource Centre in Albany. The free phone app includes an 18 day challenge that introduces the participants to graduated healthy practical adaption in the physical, mental and social context.
Dean Dyer is a men’s health consultant and a board member of Men’s Health and Wellbeing WA. He has been nominated, in particular, for his role in advocating for a Men’s Health Policy in WA.
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