Vote Today! VIC Men's Health Awards Shortlist

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

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

During Men’s Health Week, on Wednesday 12th June 2019, we'll be in Melbourne to announce the winner of the VIC Men's Health Awards for 2019 and publishing our report card on the State of Men's Health in VIC.

You can book a free place to join us in Melbourne  at 4pm on Wednesday 12th June, but before you be sure to cast your vote for one of the nominees listed below:

 

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ALLISON MILNER

Associate Professor Allison Milner is a Deputy Director of the Disability and Health Unit, Melbourne School Population and Global Health, the University of Melbourne. Allison is part of the advisory committee for the Longitudinal Study of Australian Men (“Ten to Men” cohort) and the National Academic Director of MATES In Construction, the workplace suicide prevention charity.

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

A key focus of Allison’s work is mental health and suicide prevention in male-dominated occupational groups. She has pioneer the use of smartphone technology to reduce depression stigma among unemployment construction. Allison is also progressing the concept of “gendered working environments” as a cause of health inequalities for men and women.

What Impact Is The Project Making?

Allison works with key policy stakeholders to promote research on the link between work and mental health, and is the co-chair for an international panel of researchers aiming to promote workplace suicide prevention. She developed a national “blueprint for better mental health and suicide prevention” in construction, standard that is being rolled nationally with support from unions and employer groups. Allison has been awarded the Victorian Health and Medical Research Fellowship for her work on gender, employment and mental health.

 

HALT (HOPE ASSISTANCE LOCAL TRADIES)

HALT (Hope Assistance Local Tradies) held its first event in Castlemaine in 2013, following the suicide of a local tradie. Its mission was to ensure every tradie in Australia knows how to look after their mental health and wellbeing. The program works by starting conversations with men in local communities about mental health and raising awareness of national support services such as Lifeline and Beyond Blue. 

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

As a tradie, co-founder Jeremy Forbes is with familiar the culture of the male-dominated building industry. HALT’s “Save Your Bacon” breakfast events are effective at engaging tradies in conversations about issues like mental health, suicide prevention and bullying at work HALT’s work was initially targeted at tradies and this has expanded now to include farmers, sporting clubs, council depot workers and men’s sheds.

What Impact Is The Project Making?

Since its launch in 2013, HALT has held more than 200 events in five states and reached 1.3 million worldwide through a TED talk by co-founder, Jeremy Forbers. In 2019, HALT secured $2 million in Government funding to expand its work by employing HALT workers across Victoria.

 

TOMORROW MAN

Tomorrow Man is on a mission to reinvent masculinity by disrupting stereotypes, strengthening emotional muscle and facilitating workshops for boys and men around Australia.

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

Tomorrow Man targets its programs at men and boys in schools, sporting clubs, workplaces and communities. They say: [we] create non-judgemental, casual training grounds that enable men to flex their emotional muscle. Our programs are developed to speak to the mainstream male in a relatable and accessible way. It’s a no bullshit approach that men can understand and buy in to,” says Tomorrow Man.

What Impact Is The Project Making?

In August 2018 Tomorrow Man reviewed 1100 evaluation forms from participants in their 'Breaking the Man Code” workshops. They found that:

  • 96% of participants said they would  more confident in reaching out to someone else if they thought they needed help 
  • 94% reported that the workshop has given them a deeper understanding about the pressures placed on the male stereotype, and how it can affect them directly 
  • 97% of participants would recommend Tomorrow Man to other men and boys

 

WHEN PROSTATE CANCER JOINS YOU IN THE BEDROOM 

Gay Corbett is a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse with Ballarat Health Services who has developed a project for men and their partners called “when prostate cancer joins you in the bedroom”.

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

While it is well established that sexual dysfunction significantly impacts the quality of life of men after prostate cancer treatment, clinicians say they have difficulty in accessing sexual health interventions for their patients. With this in mind, Gay developed a 90-minute group intervention to help men and their partners cope with the lasting impacts of prostate cancer. She says its an important element of managing the survivorship space for men post cancer treatment.

What Impact Is The Project Making?

The program was first developed in 2017 to provide sexual wellbeing support and education. The program content aims to address patients’ needs through examining sex/sexuality definitions, anatomy, sexual renegotiation strategies, myth busting, normalising the experience and improving sexual communication between partners. Feedback from patients and partners has been positive and the program has secured funding from the Nurses Board of Victoria Legacy Limited Fellowship to evaluate its impact.

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    followed Vote Today! VIC Men's Health Awards Shortlist 2019-05-30 19:16:26 +1000
    commented on Vote Today! VIC Men's Health Awards Shortlist 2019-05-30 14:55:28 +1000
    6 Australian men die by suicide each day, 82 call an ambulance due to suicidal thoughts and tendencies. The new ‘Beyond the Emergency’ research reveals this is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Just released, the research from Turning Point Australia, Monash University, Beyond Blue and Movember Foundation Australia, reveals our paramedics see many suicidal behaviours that aren’t captured in hospital data.

    The work that HALT does to destigmatising mental health, let men know it’s OK to show emotion and encourage them to talk about their feelings and seek help if they need it is vital to reduce these statistics for men and boys.

    HALT provides something intangible for men who are struggling. HALT provides hope… Hope to hang in there… Hope that things will get better. As the mother of two teenage boys I know that giving hope is invaluable. There needs to be more HALTs and more recognition and support for the life changing work HALT does at a grassroots level… Not just for men but for their families.
    commented on Vote Today! VIC Men's Health Awards Shortlist 2019-05-30 13:08:38 +1000
    Halt should be nation wide including tasmania.