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:
The Commonwealth Department of Health has provided AMHF with funding for three years to achieve the following outcomes:
The Department has also funded Andrology Australia and the Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre at the Western Sydney University, the longitudinal study of Men’s Health (Ten to Men) and the Australian Men’s Shed Association. Links with these organisations will be established and form an important platform for male health improvement into the future.
The Department also intends to review and update the National Male Health Policy, and hopefully create an implementation plan.
The AMHF has appointed Glen Poole as the full-time Development Officer. Glen is an experienced men’s health practitioner, consultant and advocate who has been working to improve the lives of men and boys in both a voluntary and professional capacity for nearly 20 years. He has a wealth of overseas knowledge and experience.
He took International Men’s Day from being an unknown entity in the UK, to being a mainstream event that sees MPs debating men’s issues in parliament and attracts support from high profile brands such as Lynx (male grooming), Top Man (men’s fashion) and Ladbrokes (bookmakers).
Glen was a speaker at the 2013 National Men’s Health Gathering in Brisbane. Since settling in Australia, Glen has established the Stop Male Suicide Prevention project that has involved conducting workshops throughout Australia and will hold a conference on 9 &10 November 2017 in Sydney.
In the past eighteen months AMHF has produced two position papers on “Men’s Health in Australia: a call for action” written by Associate Professor Gary Misan and “The need for Male-Friendly Approaches to Suicide Prevention in Australia” written by Glen Poole. Both are available on the AMHF website at http://www.amhf.org.au/
AMHF plans to produce a number of position papers on various issues that impact on men and boys. We are seeking your input as to the topics that should be addressed and the priority for tackling them. Could you please complete the survey at https://kwiksurveys.com/s/VdZIz8fX#/0
If you want any further information on what AMHF is planning please contact Gary Bryant, Executive Officer at email@example.com or phone 0414 950 902.
This is a great step forward for AMHF and male wellbeing in Australia.
A paper in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health cites research showing the rates of young people accessing porn. Interesting points include;
Article on ABC website here
If you are working with men and or boys, and are looking for information and resources to help improve the way you work, or to connect your client with other services and supports, there are a couple of specific websites that contain lots of useful information. It's worth revisiting them occasionally, or signing up to their updates to see what's new.
Click on the below images for just three key sites
An ANU study has found that many children think their dads work too much.