Nominations for the 2019 Men's Health Awards are open and we’d like your help to identify potential award winners for Victoria.
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 Victoria.
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, Queensland, 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.
Victoria is home to a number of leading organisations working to improve men's health. This includes Healthy Male (formerly Andrology Australia) and the Victoria/Tasmania offices of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Victoria previously had a Men's Health Strategy and now has a Gender Equality Health and Wellbeing Strategy that covers some aspects of men's health.
Furthermore, VicHealth recently announced funding for projects to address "men's risky drinking" as part of its on-going commitment to change alcohol culture and support preventative initiatives. VicHealth has also supported the innovative Sons Of The West Program at the Western Bulldogs.
At the same time, Victoria is also home to some pioneering projects that use pubs to reach men and engage them in conversations about health. These include "The Public Clinic" and the cheekily named "Prick 'n A Pint”. The state is also seeing some new men's health projects emerge such as the proposed Men's Health clinic in Ballarat.
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.
Victoria is home to some great work on fatherhood. It hosts the annual Australian Fatherhood Research Symposium and is where Dads Group Inc piloted its Man With A Pram initiative and hosts numerous groups.
For news dads, there at least a dozen dads-only playgroups across the state and as kids get older, YMCA's Dadslink program runs dads gatherings and dads groups. Beer And Bubs runs regular childbirth classes for men at a pub in Melbourne.
For separated dads, there are several Dads In Distress support groups operating in Victoria under the guidance of Parents Beyond Breakup.
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.
Schools in Victoria place a strong focus on teaching boys and girls about respectful relationships. We are also keen to identify schools that are putting a focus on boys’ wellbeing, such as Brighton Grammar School which provides guidance to parents on "understanding boys" and the Marymede Catholic College in South Morang that provides specialist counselling for boys and trains staff in educating boys.
Several schools in Victoria 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 five years and one of these schools is the Victory Lutheran College in Wodonga.
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 Victorian Men's Shed Association there are more than 300 men’s sheds across the state.
Some sheds run particularly innovative projects such as the Melton Men's Shed which runs a mentoring program for Grade 5 boys.
But it’s not just men’s sheds who are providing male-friendly support services to older men, there are other projects like OMNI (Older Men: New Ideas) who are running groups in Victoria.
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. There are a number of Victorian-based organisations that focus on mental health including Movember; MensLine the youth mental health research centre, Orygen, where Dr Simon Rice's work focuses on young men's mental health.
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 work as women, doubling their exposure to the risks and benefits of work. Projects like IncoLink deliver male-friendly services in male-dominated industries. Other projects like HALT have achieved national recognition for their work targeting tradies.
If you know of any initiatives focused on the workplace, you can nominate them for an award here:
Men’s groups in Victoria
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 Victoria include:
If you know of any men's groups or men's gatherings in Victoria 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 Dardi Munwurro and the Indigenous Men's Resources and Advisory Service place a strong focus on on men's health.
If you know of any Victorian 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 Enliven highlight a range of projects that place a specific focus on the health of 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 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 Victoria 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 Victoria these include:
- The Haemophilia Foundation Men's Group
- DVRVC resources for men experiencing violence
- The RESET boys' body image project
- The Support After Suicide men's group
- The Men's Project
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 Victoria. 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