Cranbrook Show 1st April 2017

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.

Drop in and catch Grant Westthorp or Bruce Beamish for a chat about your blood pressure.

Drop in and catch Grant Westthorp or Bruce Beamish for a chat about your blood pressure.

Posted on March 29, 2017 .

HBF Australia Day Fun Run hosted by the Men's Resource Centre Thursday 26th January 2017

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

2017 HBF Albany Australia Day Fun Run hosted by the Men’s Resource Centre The Men’s Resource Centre Fun Run, has, since its inception in 2007, become an established part of the Albany sporting and cultural calendar. The event consists of an 8.2 km run and a 4.8 km run along the picturesque Middleton Beach to Emu point and back. The Fun Run plays a major role in assisting the Men’s Resource Centre to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and community involvement in the maintenance of good health. 2017 heralds a new era for the Fun Run, the Men’s Resource Centre Executive Committee is happy to announce that HBF have come on board as our major sponsor.

2017 HBF Albany Australia Day Fun Run hosted by the Men’s Resource Centre

The Men’s Resource Centre Fun Run, has, since its inception in 2007, become an established part of the Albany sporting and cultural calendar. The event consists of an 8.2 km run and a 4.8 km run along the picturesque Middleton Beach to Emu point and back. The Fun Run plays a major role in assisting the Men’s Resource Centre to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and community involvement in the maintenance of good health.

2017 heralds a new era for the Fun Run, the Men’s Resource Centre Executive Committee is happy to announce that HBF have come on board as our major sponsor.

Posted on November 15, 2016 .

Act-Belong-Commit Austrlia Day Fun Run Results

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

Eilidh MacMaster (1st Place Open Woman) and Jack Dunn (1st Place Open Male) - Photo credit: Laurie Benson, Albany Advertiser

Eilidh MacMaster (1st Place Open Woman) and Jack Dunn (1st Place Open Male) - Photo credit: Laurie Benson, Albany Advertiser

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):


Posted on January 29, 2016 .

ACT BELONG COMMIT Australia Day Fun Run

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!

Posted on December 22, 2015 .

2015 National Men's Health Gathering

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
  • Fathering
  • 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
Posted on June 23, 2015 .

Men's Health Week 2015

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

Posted on June 15, 2015 .

TALKFEST 14TH MARCH

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.

Guest Speakers:

   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

Albany

For bookings and further information:

(08) 9841 4777 or admin@mensresourcecentre.org.au

Posted on March 9, 2015 .

Amcal Max Grand Opening Thursday 6th June 2014

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.

Posted on June 21, 2014 .

Men's Health Week 2014

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.

 

Date

Location

Time

11th June Tuesday

Albany Community Pharmacy

10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.

12th June Wednesday

Amcal Pharmacy

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.

Posted on June 7, 2014 .