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Male Health – what’s going on - 2

By: Michele Konheiser

Category: Health & Safety, People

  12.35 PM 23 November, 2012


Location: General

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As a representative of CFA, I attended the inaugural Male Health Victoria (‘MHV’) Gathering this month which coincided with International Men’s Day on the 19th November 2012. A variety of topics were presented at the Gathering. Some have already been communicated in Article 1 Male Health Victoria Gathering

Putting the spotlight on male help seeking behaviour – Tass Mousaferiadis – beyondblue

Beyondblue has recently conducted research about men’s attitudes to seeking help for issues such as depression and anxiety. Of the many visitors to the beyondblue website . http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx? The majority have found to be female visitors. The research will help inform a $9 million campaign next year. The priority populations will be CALD (Culturally And Linguistically Diverse), indigenous, homeless, unemployed and men with co-morbid (presence of one or more disorders) substance misuse.

Key points of presentation about research

  • Drivers
  1. Shallow understanding of depression and anxiety
  2. Actual experience, fear and self-stigma
  3. Lack of social support
  4. Poor linkages with health and community services
  5. Life stages emerged as the greatest differentiator of attitude and opinion
  • Beyondblue will be looking at how they communicate with men directly and how they will communicate with women about the men in their lives.

CFA will be meeting with beyondblue in December to identify opportunities to collaborate on mental health issues and changes in communication.

What we know about males and physical activity – Dr Alison Carver, Dr Nicola Ridgers & Adam Walsh – Deakin University

This was an interesting session focussing on boys/adolescent physical activity, adult male physical activity (including transition from adolescent to adulthood) and associations between fathers and kids' levels of physical activity.

There are a variety of innovative ways to get males motivated. A program run in Scotland encouraged soccer fans to get fit rather than just watch their favourite sport. The program is called Football Fans in Training (‘FFIT’)  http://www.spl-ffit.co.uk/

Another is a NSW innovation called Workplace POWER. The POWER stands for Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit. http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/blogs/chew-on-this/shifting-the-weight-at-work-20110606-1fogh.html

Last Updated: 23 November 2012