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Top 10 highlights for Men’s Health Week 2024

Men's Health Week takes place from 10-16 June 2024, when tens of thousands of people will participate in Men's Health Week activities nationwide.

We can't capture all the events happening, so here are 10 of our top highlights, including some online events you can attend for free. 

1. Lunchtime Men’s Health Check-Ins

Men's Health Week starts with a big splash on Monday, 10 June, when Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Duncan Armstrong OAM delivers the first of five daily Men's Health Check-Ins. These free online events take place at noon AEST and cover a range of topics:

  • Moving More
  • Helping Mates
  • Sleeping Better
  • Getting Checked
  • Drinking Less

Register now at the Men’s Health Connected website.

2. Men’s Health Week in WA

Mens Talk and Richmond Wellbeing are hosting their second WA Men’s Wellbeing Conference in Scarborough, Perth. The theme of this year’s event is Nurturing Men’s Mental Wellbeing.

This year's conference aims to bring together people from a diverse range of disciplines and fields, creating a platform for powerful conversations about men's mental health and well-being.

Some of the topics up for discussion include men’s emotional health, stress management, relationship dynamics, self-care practices, and how we can dismantle societal stigmas surrounding mental health in men.

Find out more: WA Men’s Wellbeing Conference 2024

3. Good Health Heroes campaign

Good Health Heroes is a new campaign from Healthy Male and Western Sydney University that promotes healthy habits in men that improve men’s health across three key categories: physical, mental and emotional.

Supporters of men's health can help spread the message by using the hashtag #healthhero and sharing a Health Hero infographic or posting one of their own photos or videos to show how they are a health hero.

Find out more about Good Health Heroes in our Men’s Health News section.

4.For Men Doing It Tough

Suicide Prevention Australia will run a Men's Health Week radio campaign to promote the Doing It Tough website.

Doing It Tough connects men in NSW struggling with life challenges to over 150 groups and community organisations.

The radio campaign highlights stories from the “I found support that worked” campaign, where NSW men share their stories about finding support.

Listen out for the weekly radio ads and learn more about the initiative at the Doing It Tough website.

5. Talking about the science of Men’s Health

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recently launched a Speaking of Science webinar series. 

For the 30th anniversary of International Men's Health Week, it will host a live panel discussion on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, from 11:00 to 12:00 AEST.

The panel of Research Committee members include Professor Doug Hilton AO, Professor Adrian Barnett, Professor Joshua Vogel and Professor Raymond Chan.

They will discuss the health challenges faced by men and boys and their experiences from a health and medical research perspective, as well as how we can practically support men in keeping their health and well-being in check.

https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/news-centre/speaking-of-science

6. Know Your Man Facts talks

Workplaces and communities all over Australia will be hosting men’s health talks with the help of the Know Your Man Facts campaign. The campaign covers Men's Mental Health, Men's Heart Health, Exercise + Men's Health, and Mateship + Men's Health. 

The Know Man Facts campaign has launched a new toolkit for Men’s Health Week 2024 with a focus on the value of Men’s Health Checks.

Get involved and learn more about the Know Your Man Facts campaign on our website. 

7. Local Government Backing Men’s Health Week

Local Government can play an important role in promoting men’s health in local communities. The City of Boroondara in East Melbourne is a good example of this.

Its flagship event is a free breakfast with AFL Hall of Fame player and premiership coach Mark ‘Choco’ Williams. Mark will share his insights into mental health, resilience and social connection.

Other events throughout the week include an exercise session for older men, a boxing exercise session for younger men and a Men’s Health Week nutrition class hosted by the council’s youth team.

Find out more on the City of Boroondara website.

8. Men’s Health Week for men of all backgrounds

The Multicultural Communities Council of SA (MCCSA) is committed to supporting and advocating for men from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Over the years, it has established multicultural men's groups, hosted men's health events and facilitated celebrations of key events like International Men's Day. 

MCCSA supports CALD communities in realising their potential as active contributors to South Australia's economic, social, and cultural life. Its work for men continues with a celebration of Men's Health Week in Adelaide on Friday, June 15, at 6pm.

9. Taking a lead in South Australia

Men’s Health Week is a community-led event and one example of this is the Adelaide Men’s Wellbeing Network (AMWN). Created by two existing groups - Good Better Best Men and the Northern Men's Wellbeing Network – AMWN has organised an impressive program of events throughout the week. These include:

  • A Dads’ Space event for new dads
  • A fun day out for dads, kids and families
  • A men’s breakfast and a blokes BBQ brunch
  • A community discussion on men’s mental health
  • An introduction night for Men’s Tables
  • A ‘what’s missing’ event for men seeking meaning and purpose
  • Special events for young men

Find out more at the  Adelaide Men’s Wellbeing Network website.

10. Fundraising for Men’s Health

Men’s Health Week is a time to raise money for some organisations. For example, Walk for Him is a fundraising event for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA). The funds will go towards life-saving research, awareness campaigns and support services. 

Walk for Him takes place throughout Men’s Health Week and asks supporters ‘how far will you go’ for the men in your life? Fundraisers get sponsored for talking on a walking challenge throughout the week, setting their distance or the suggested 25km goal. 

Visit walkforhim.org.au for more information.

Meanwhile, Healthier Illawarra Men, which does a great job fundraising for men’s health, is providing  free suicide prevention workshops for local community members. The sessions are delivered by Lifeline South Coast and outline three simple steps to support people at risk, with a focus on connecting with men.

Check out the events section of our website for Men's Health Week activities. If you have a specific Men's Health Week event to showcase, you can upload it to our website or contact [email protected]

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