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Promoting men's health
Men’s health is an important issue for CFA - an organisation made up of 73 per cent men - and we’ve been working with leaders in the field to promote it among our members.
The work of the Corio integrated brigade was recently highlighted at Male Health Victoria’s Victorian annual gathering hosted by Corio Fire Brigade on Friday 30 August, with Leading Firefighter Gavin Fitzgerald speaking about some of the initiatives they’ve been involved in.
These included self-esteem programs for disconnected and disengaged boys and a mentoring program currently being run for young men from a refugee background.
“We’ve developed a ‘place based’ approach to engage with marginalised community groups, disengaged men and boys,” said Gavin. “It’s not just about fire prevention. The programs recognise ways for us to build resilience and strong relationships. We need to be sitting within the community not outside it.”
CFA will continue to work with Male Health Victoria to better connect members with existing networks across Victoria in order to promote men’s health, and recently hosted the Male Health Victoria committee meeting at Burwood headquarters.
This provided a great opportunity for representatives of Organisational Wellbeing and Health and Safety to share CFA’s experiences related to men’s health in order to better understand the opportunities and challenges faced.
Peter Kelly, President of Male Health Victoria thanked CFA for their time at both of these recent events. “We really appreciate CFA's support of MHV. As we heard on Friday [at the Male Health gathering] the organisation is thinking very laterally in terms of community support and partnership - really inspiring.”
CFA has also recently established a formal connection with BeyondBlue, and support their ‘Man Therapy’ website which provides a range of tools and information for men to better manage their mental health.
Daniel Willis from Cross Roads brigade and a prostate cancer survivor, has recently been conducting presentations based on the Andrology Australia model, and is keen to share information on men’s health with brigades in order to raise awareness. He recently posted an article in relation to Movember which has now grown to become an international campaign to support men’s health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.
If you would like further information on CFA’s promotion of men’s health or would like to offer your support, please contact the organisational wellbeing team on 9262 8836.