Vote Today! QLD Men's Health Awards Shortlist

There are six shortlisted nominations for the 2019 QLD Men's Health Awards. You have until Sunday 2nd June to cast your vote.

The nominations for QLD are listed below and you can cast your vote now using this online voting form.

During Men’s Health Week, on Monday 10th June 2019, we'll be in Brisbane to announce the winner of the QLD Men's Health Awards for 2019 and publishing our report card on the State of Men's Health in QLD.

You can book a free place to join us in Brisbane  at 9.30am on Monday 10th June, but before you be sure to cast your vote for one of the nominees listed below:

 

BLOKEPEDIA

Blokepedia began life as a blog site in January 2017.  Since then it has evolved include events, programs, and workshops.

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

The team at Blokepedia say they understand that clinical treatment and group sessions are not for everyone and can be a daunting step to take. The Blokepedia approach allows a “no pressure” environment to listen to experts and hear experiences from others who have been through similar life events and if comfortable, engage and share stories among like-minded people.

What Impact Is The Project Making?

Blokepedia promotes and encourages positive discussion around the issues and topics that are impacting the lives of Australian men through the delivery of programs, workshops and events. These services have been delivered to communities and organisations within Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, regional Queensland and Canberra. Blokepedia is providing some of the foundations to improve the way Australian men connect, communicate and care for themselves and others. Its approach is creating a caring and supportive community that encourages men to share their stories and discuss the issues and topics that are impacting their lives.

 

ARE YOUR BOGGED MATE?

Are You Bogged Mate is a mental health and suicide prevention program that aims to reduce rural male suicide by breaking down the stigma associated with seeking help and linking rural men to the available services.

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

Are You Bogged Mate? says its message is directly targeted to rural men in a language that understand. The message is delivered in a manner that resonates with rural men and gets their attention. The programs says it engages rural men in their comfort zone such as on their farms, in their sheds in their community and in the process, they are able to connect with large numbers of men that would not normally attend mental health events.

What Impact Is The Project Making?

The program says rural males are a difficult demographic to engage with about mental health and that program’s methods are effective at reaching their target audience. As a new and emerging program, Are You Bogged Mate? has seen a steady growth in website visitors, social media followers and attendance at its events. They have received positive feedback from men across Australia and the world on their presentations and we have spoken to almost 2,500 rural people, most of them men.

 

THE CENTRE FOR MEN AUSTRALIA

The Centre for Men Australia operates in South East Queensland and works to address male isolation which they say can lead to self-harm and harm to others.

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

The Centre for Men Australia says that “men and male wholeness” is their core business. Their mission is to see men living to their full potential and deep acceptance of who they are and the vital part they play in the world. This is in the context of “men having to acknowledge their own stuff and process it”.

What Impact Is The Project Making?

More than 500 men have been through the Centre for Men’s rites of passage program. Men who have been through the program continue to meet in groups in QLD, NSW, VIC and SA. The Centre has also developed new programs for younger men. The Centre for Men Australia says its work is an important part of the larger men's work movement. and provides “deep and honouring space that allows men to go on their journey without judgement and without having to live up to a certain masculine image or framework”.

 

CIRCLE OF MEN

Circle Of Men was established in 2015 with the intention of tackling the loneliness and isolation experienced by frail and elderly men in aged care facilities around Brisbane and Redlands City.

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

Circle of Men sessions in aged care facilities are targeted specifically at older men, giving them  an opportunity to come together in a safe environment to share their stories. According to Circle of Men, they also share their songs, their joys and sorrows, their hopes and fears, their similarities and their differences. The group is keen to raise awareness of the fact that men over 85 years old have the highest suicide rate in the country.

What Impact Is The Project Making?

Circle of Men has established 15 successful Circles and their volunteers have donated hundreds of thousands of hours since the organisation’s inception. In the venues where they operate, Diversional Therapists and nursing staff report an increased sense of wellbeing and mental health status in the elderly men they visit.Circle of Men say that their approach is built around “a powerful practice that greatly restores and rejuvenates our elders who all too often find themselves alone, isolated and unloved at this stage of life”.

 

NEW ENDINGS MEN’S PROGRAM

New Endings Men’s Program provides health information and access to services that aim to empower Indigenous men towards better health and lifestyle choices. The service primarily works with Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander men who are transitioning from prison life to community life. NEMP provides culturally appopriate health promotion and education; referral to organisations like housing or Centrelink; domestic violence support and referral to appropriate services; support to access specialist health services and a men’s yarning group

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

NEMP employs 3 indigenous male workers with extensive Indigenous Primary Health Care experience and expertise.  They say their main goals are to provide our men with the knowledge, support and advocacy to help make them stronger physically, mentally and socially.    

What Impact Is The Project Making?

NEMP is supported by the Closing The Gap funding and overseen by Queensland Health’s Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service. It has been working for three years to assist Indigenous men with their social and emotional wellbeing.  It also places a strong focus on preventing reoffending among Indigenous men after leaving prison.

 

TRADEMUTT

Trademutt is a social enterprise workwear brand launched in 2018 by Daniel Allen and Eward Ross, after losing a close mate to suicide. Trademutt aims to start conversations about mental health through the sale of colourful, attention-grabbing shirts for tradies.

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

The Trademutt brand targets men and has been developed by tradies for tradies. According to their nomination, “Trademutt have found a way to make talking about mental health fun, approachable, obvious and relatable…. women also wear the gear in support of the men they love, the men in their communities and the men in their workforce”.

What Impact Is The Project Making?

In just over a year of trading, Trademutt has sold 6500 shirts and generated positive media coverage through its eye-catching initiative. In February 2019, Dan and Ed launched the TIAC (this is a conversation starter) foundation with the aim of driving a cultural shift around mental health conversations and providing solutions for those seeking help.

TIAC’s first initiative will provide access to psychological therapists, using technology such as smart phones and removing the physical and financial barriers to being able to access these services in Australia.    

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