The Men's Resource Centre staff will be attending the Cranbrook Show and will be offering free Wellness Checks fro 10.00 am to 2.00 pm. All Wellness Check participants receive a show bag.
2017 HBF Albany Australia Day Fun Run hosted by the Men’s Resource Centre
REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN AT HBF ALBANY - 21 ALBANY HIGHWAY ALBANY WA
Well done to Eilidh MacMaster (29:50) and Jack Dunn (27:32) for taking first place in the Act-Belong-Commit Austrlaia Day Fun Run
Well done to last years champions, David Bryant and Leah Queit for coming back to race again; and well done to all of our participants. A big thank you also to our volunteers that helped make the day so successful.
Check out our featured mention in this GWN Australia Day Wrap: https://au.gwn7.yahoo.com/w2/news/a/-/national/30661029/west-aussies-celebrate-in-true-blue-style-this-australia-day-video/
And here are our full results (apologies to Eilidh, who has become Edith in the results):
The Annual Men's Resource Centre Australia Day Fun Run is on again in 2016.
Take on the fast course that includes cycle trail and a beach finish.
Why not start your Australia Day in the healthiest way possible!
Grant Westthorp will be heading to Terrigal to present: Solutions, hands on approach to male mental, physical and social well-being issues.
The conference encompasses the 8th Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Conference and 11th Australian Men’s Health Conference - there is sure to be something for everyone.
Conference topics include:
- Family relationships – Strategies to respond to intimate partner violence
- Mental health
- The Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health: Ten to Men – First results and future directions
- How have the health and social challenges for young men changed?
- Health promotion
- Engaging men
- Sexual health
- Addressing problem gambling
This week is Men's Health Week - make sure you take a moment in time for your own health.
The Men's Resource Centre will be making time for the health of men, boys and their families in Albany, performing Well Man Wellness Checks around the town
It’s on again!
The Men’s Resource Centre Talkfest on the Saturday 14th March starting at 9.00 a.m. finishing with lunch at 12 noon.
Dr David Miller – WA Sexual Health Centre
Peter Watson MLA – Local Member for Albany
Dennis Blewitt – Great Southern Institute of Technology
Followed by Free Lunch
14th March 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm
Le Grande Motel Function Room
For bookings and further information:
(08) 9841 4777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Men's Resource Centre staff will be offering a free Wellness Check at Amcal Max at the top of York Street Albany as part of the grand opening. Staff will be available from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and all participants will receive a goodie bag after the Wellness Check.
Men’s Health in Australia is a deadly serious matter as the male mortality rate, particularly from disease and illness, continues to be considerably higher than that for women. Grant Westthorp from the Men’s Resource Centre believes that the poor health status of our men is complicated by the fact that men are more likely than women to shy away from medical treatment of any kind, what he calls “reluctance with help seeking behavior”. Their lack of health awareness and unwillingness to adopt a healthier lifestyle also disadvantages men in the early intervention, prevention and control of illness and disease.
Improving men’s health makes social and economic sense as the impact of poor men’s health can be felt by men’s partners, their families and the community. Australian males have a lower life expectancy than Australian females with male mortality rates higher than female mortality rates across all age groups. In general, men:
· Are less likely to seek medical attention;
· Are more likely to be overweight and obese, with the proportion increasing;
· Are more likely to drink alcohol at high risk levels and
· Are more likely to engage in risky behaviours in regards to drugs, violence, sport, driving and sex.
One of the most alarming statistics on male suicide is that the number of men killing themselves each year is actually higher than the national road toll but the issue does not get the same attention.
Grant says that “research has shown that men have specific issues, they have more alcohol and other drug problems, they self-medicate, they engage in more risk taking, and they often don’t want to ask for help. So some of the key health challenges are about reducing the stigma of being seen as weak and making existing medical help more readily available”.
Males in our society are less inclined than women to take an active role in maintaining their own health, especially prevention and early intervention in the case of diseases and illness. They are also less likely to seek professional help for problems, particularly those of an emotional nature. Some of the social and cultural reasons for this are;
- The Western definition of masculinity includes strength and silence (the ‘stoic digger’). Men may feel that it is a sign of weakness or ‘femininity’ to seek help.
- Males, particularly younger men, tend to act as if they are invulnerable. This can lead to destructive behaviors such as drug or alcohol binges, reckless driving or other risk taking.
- Women are more likely to have regular contact with doctors because of period, contraception and pregnancy issues. Men don’t have a similar “system” that requires them to regularly see a doctor. Maybe they should. Every 3 hours a man will die of prostate cancer which can be diagnosed by a prostate check and treated.
In terms of appropriate help, it is important to remember that at all times the first point of contact should be a GP. Don’t wait until symptoms are present, practice preventative health. Talk to your GP and find out what is needed to maintain your health. Visit your GP for a regular annual health check and create your own health history, it may just save your life!
As part of the Men’s Health Week the Men’s Resource Centre will be delivering the Well Man Wellness Check at the below locations to encourage men to visit their GP on a regular basis and create a health history.
11th June Tuesday
Albany Community Pharmacy
10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
12th June Wednesday
10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
13th June Thursday
Dog Rock Shopping Centre
10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
See Bruce at the Denmark Markets for a FREE Pitstop Wellness Check on Saturday 14th December between 9.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m.