Vote Today! WA Men's Health Awards Shortlist

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

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

During Men’s Health Week, on Friday 14th June 2019, we'll be in Perth to announce the winner of the WA Men's Health Awards for 2019 and publishing our report card on the State of Men's Health in WA.

You can book a free place to join us in Perth  at 3.00pm on Friday 14th June, but before you be sure to cast your vote for one of the nominees listed below:

 

DEAN DYER

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.

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

Dean work in the men’s health and wellbeing sector includes: 10 years working in veteran health as peer educator for the DVA; 12 years a board member of the ManKind Project conducting men’s weekends and men’s groups; presenting workshops on men’s health and wellbeing, resilience, retiring well and mental health first aid; developing initiatives with businesses and community groups to implement programs that service their men; former president and current board member of Men’s Health and Wellbeing WA; former Chair of the Men’s Advisory Network WA.

What Impact Is The Project Making?

Dean advocated for a health and wellbeing policy for men and boys in WA for many years. He was a presenter at WA community forums informing the development of the WA Men’s Health and Wellbeing Policy and sat on the WA Government Dept of Health Reference Group member for the policy which will be launched during Men’s Health Week 2019. 

 

THE FATHERING PROJECT

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. 

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

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. 

What Impact Is The Project Making?

Dads Group program evaluation has found the project is having a significant impact with attends 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. 

 

REGIONAL MEN’S HEALTH INITIATIVE

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. Health outcomes for communities in regional areas and particularly for men are generally poorer than for those in large urban communities. RMHI delivers a range of community education programs and presentations that support a preventative approach to addressing wellbeing and situational distress.

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

The program takes its services to where the blokes are. It does more than encourage men to seek help, it reframes the language and the approach to men and communities to make it more active and empowering so that blokes can make a difference to their lives. They say “it’s all about what we do and how we do it, when we do it and where we do it!”

What Impact Is The Project Making?

Last year RMHI’s team of 4 community educators attended over 300 events and engaged directly with over 17000 people in regional rural and remote WA. Independent evaluation of the program has found “compelling evidence that RMHI has influenced attitudes [and]fostered cultural change within regional communities”.

 

 

THE WELL MAN APP

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. Other features included “9 Tips for Staying Alive 4 Men” for men at risk of suicide.

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

The creators of the Well Man app say that all its information has been accessed and written by a man for men with a spice of humour for engagement. The content is pitched at the average bloke and it creates an opportunity for self-efficacy and a ripple effect of positive behaviour change within a peer to peer context. 

What Impact Is The Project Making?

The Well Man app has been downloaded over 2,000 times in Australia. It is based on the Men’s Survival Handbook (MSH) which has run to six editions so far. More than 20,000 copies of the MSH have been distributed nationwide. In 2019, a Well Man Tour of North Queensland attracted nearly 500 with 75% downloading the app. During the tour, two attendees considering suicide to reached out to presenters and were connected to support services.

 

THE YOUNG MEN’S PROJECT

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. They say the young they work with express outrage that suicide claims more young lives than car accidents and empathy for those who suffered or lost a mate or a brother.

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

YMP say they identified three key strengths in young men: working in teams, solving problems and dealing with practical solutions. They also identified three common weaknesses: not knowing how to ask for help, not recognizing someone else’s request for help and not knowing how to act when someone wanted to talk to them. The program was designed to work with these strengths and overcome the weaknesses. Simply by attending the sessions, the project sees an immediate shift in the kinds of conversations the young men have with each other.

What Impact Is The Project Making?

The program is continuing to grow and is supported by a YMP Advisory Committee of young men and professionals dedicated to making this happen. The project was featured at the International Youth Mental Health Conference in Montreal and has been sought out by school groups and multi-national corporations.

 

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