The 2017 AMHF Men’s Health Awards will be presented at National Male Suicide Prevention Conference to be held at Parramatta, NSW on Thursday 9th November 2017 https://stopmalesuicide.com/national-conference/
These prestigious Awards will honour those who have made an outstanding contribution to the men's health field.
Nominations are to be made to firstname.lastname@example.org and close on Friday 27th October 2017.
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The awards categories are:
1.Male Suicide Prevention – significant contribution made by an individual
2.Male Suicide Prevention – significant contribution made by a group or organisation
3.Significant Contribution to improving Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander male health and wellbeing
4.Significant Contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of young men and boys
5.Significant Contribution to designing, developing or delivering male-friendly services
Click Here nomination form is attached.
Yes for now its fake news. But will it be a headline of the future? It was interesting to hear recently on ABC radio's Law Report, that the number of female solicitors has out numbered male solicitors in 2016 for the first time.
That came days after a report in the Sydney Morning Herald that the number of female GP's also now outnumbers the number of male GP's. As someone supportive of gender equity I am glad to hear this. There are more women in the population so it seems reasonably that they could fill more solicitor positions. Of course the job is not finished. Solicitor is a relatively junior role in the legal profession, and women are certainly arguing that there is a lot more work to be done in the more senior positions.
The number of male primary school teachers is very low - around 20%. In an article in the SMH from 2015 one man found himself in a minority of 12% when he took up primary school teaching later in his life. According to the same article, the Australian Catholic University's Professor Tania Aspland found in her studies that the numbers of male primary teachers were going down not up, from around 25% in 1991.
This issue though is not just about some balance in future work opportunities for men whose numbers are being challenged in other workplaces. This issue goes to the heart of good education for our children and young people, particularly boys. Other headlines seen too often in our media relate to boys being in trouble and unacceptable risk taking behaviour. Boys need good male mentors and role models, and school has an essential role to play in providing those role models. Apart from anything else, if boys don't see male teachers, its less likely they will see themselves as a male teacher.
The Conversation ran an article in 2016 talking about the need to change our approach to recruitment of teachers to encourage more men into the roles.
As a conversation it seems that increasing male teachers is barely on the agenda relative to increasing women's work opportunities. A brief Google search showed the following:
The Canberra Times published an interesting article drawing attention to a recent release from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, pointing to people who seek assistance from medical services or medication through the PBS having poorer death, have higher death rates than people seeking assistance for [physical health problems. The article cites the higher rates for men, and when you go to the ABS data, and look a little closer the findings are actually even worse for men 15-74. The articles cites rates for the whole population. The ABS report separates the data from Total Population to 15-74 year olds because of the likelihood of high rates of people dieing over 74 skewing the data.
These three interesting points are from the above ABS page: