Nominations for the 2019 Men's Health Awards are open and we’d like your help to identify potential award winners for Western Australia.
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 WA.
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, Victoria, Queensland, 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.
Furthermore, WA is home to some longstanding men's health programs including the Regional Men's Health Initiative and the Albany Men's Resource Centre, as well as individual men's health consultants like Dean Dyer.
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.
Western Australia is the home of The Fathering Project which now runs groups in four states. Dads Group Inc also runs around 5 groups in WA and Relationships Australia offers the 4Dads program.
Beer And Bubs runs regular childbirth classes for men at a pub in Perth and is launching a new group in Bunbury.
For separated dads, Parents Beyond Breakup currently runs two Dads In Distress support groups in WA.
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.
WA is home to some great projects working with younger men, such as the Youth Focus Young Men's Project and The Clontarf Foundation that started working with 25 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys in WA in 200 and now operates across 4 states and the Northern Territory.
There is a strong tradition of focusing on boys' education in Western Australia, which is home to parenting expert Maggie Dent and the Boys Forward Institute. There are some innovative boys' education programs in WA such as Wesley College's 10-week "Katijin" that takes boys out of the classroom to learn in an entirely different environment, to Aquinas College's Raising Boys portal for parents. The WA Education Department also has a Males In Primary initiative to get more men into teaching.
Several schools in WA have worked with The Rite Journey, a school-based rites of passage program that is 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 5 years, one of these is St Stephen's in Duncraig.
If you know of any initiatives focused on boys and younger men in WA, 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 Men's Sheds WA there are more than 150 Sheds running or in developing in Western Australia.
But it’s not just men’s sheds who are providing male-friendly support services to older men, there are other projects like Circle Of Men who are running groups in WA.
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 with a wide range of local projects emerging across WA and the rest of the country.
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 women, doubling their exposure to the risks and benefits of work. Projects like Mates In Construction, which has an operation in WA, have blazed a trail for men’s health by delivering male-friendly services in male dominated industries.
We’re keen to identify more projects that are making work healthier for men, including projects that focus on making work more father-friendly.
If you know of any initiatives focused on the workplace, you can nominate them for an award here:
Men’s groups in Western Australia
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 and men’s gatherings in NSW include:
If you know of any men's groups or men's gatherings in NSW 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 the Men's Outreach Service in Broome and the Alive and Kicking Goals Suicide Prevention Program are just two examples of good practice in this area.
If you know of any WA 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. Living Proud is one example of a service that has been providing support, information and resources to the Western Australian gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex community for over 40 years.
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 32 Men’s Health Peer Education (MHPE) volunteers in Western Australia.
If you know of projects in WA focused on 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 NSW these include:
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 NSW. 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