The Men’s Resource Centre (Inc) is a not-for-profit, community organisation focused on raising awareness of men’s physical, mental, and social wellbeing.

The MRC was formed in Albany in 2003 by Len Wilkinson and Geoff Bales and will service anywhere in Western Australia that needs our help.

The MRC Albany CBD office offers a safe, secure, easy accessible venue for men and the community to visit to seek help. Clients are afforded the opportunity to tell their story and health concerns to a compassionate and supportive staff member. The staff member evaluates the health issue and refers the client to the appropriate agency and best possible care. Food vouchers, free swags and toilet bags are issued to homeless men to ease their current status.


As an organisation we have five key objectives:

  1. Proactively promoting and facilitating the prevention of disease, both physical and mental in males by delivering services aimed at self-responsibility.

  2. Raising the awareness of male’s health and wellbeing issues in a holistic sense, covering physical, mental emotional, social and spiritual components.

  3. To provide effective advocacy for males on a local, regional and national level.

  4. Facilitating the delivery of services aimed at motivating and assisting males in their roles as fathers, to achieve family stability.

  5. Participating in research initiatives and alliances with health professionals for a better health outcome for males.


Our Staff

 

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Grant Westthorp

GRANT WESTTHORP - Chief Executive Officer

 In May 2008 Grant was involved in a near fatal mountain bike accident. Grant decided to give back to the community and joined the MRC in 2008. Grant is passionate about getting men to accept the preventative health message and to at least live as long as their partners. Grant is dedicated to securing the best physical, mental and social health and wellbeing outcomes for males.

Grant has been on the board of the Australian Men's Health Forum since 2014 and is currently the Treasurer.


Our Executive Committee

Executive Committee members consists of a committed group of volunteers who come from a variety of backgrounds.

We are health professionals, professionals from government agencies, business leaders, and industry and community members.

The MRC is always looking for talented individuals that have the capacity to volunteer their time and resources to our cause.


  Jon Doust - Chairman   Jon Doust was born into a family of men, in a town run by men. Or so they believed. At an early age he was sent away to live with even more men, in a boarding school, run by men, for boys who would be made to be men.  On leaving, he got drunk and stayed there, until he got stoned, and he stayed wherever it was he was until 1986, when he got sober and then began the real battle.   Jon is a professional speaker, facilitator, and writer. He was lucky enough to start a career in comedy after he got sober and has spent many years helping men find laughter in their dilemmas.  These days he writes and has two novels in bookshops -  Boy on a Wire  and  To the Highlands , both published by Fremantle Press to critical acclaim. He has visited Albany almost every year in every decade since his birth and now lives here with wife, who he met on a kibbutz in Israel.

Jon Doust - Chairman

Jon Doust was born into a family of men, in a town run by men. Or so they believed. At an early age he was sent away to live with even more men, in a boarding school, run by men, for boys who would be made to be men.

On leaving, he got drunk and stayed there, until he got stoned, and he stayed wherever it was he was until 1986, when he got sober and then began the real battle. 

Jon is a professional speaker, facilitator, and writer. He was lucky enough to start a career in comedy after he got sober and has spent many years helping men find laughter in their dilemmas.

These days he writes and has two novels in bookshops - Boy on a Wire and To the Highlands, both published by Fremantle Press to critical acclaim. He has visited Albany almost every year in every decade since his birth and now lives here with wife, who he met on a kibbutz in Israel.

 Barry Webster  Retired farmer from Tambellup age 62 hobbies include riding Harleys and restoration old motorcycle and Holden car. Passionate about giving back to community and the region.

Barry Webster

Retired farmer from Tambellup age 62 hobbies include riding Harleys and restoration old motorcycle and Holden car. Passionate about giving back to community and the region.

   
  
 
  
    
  
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   Ian Pitman Secretary  My working life was divided between the Northern Territory, for 26 years, and Western Australia, where I have lived and worked since 1985.  In the NT I spent many years working in Aboriginal communities in remote areas, and in WA I worked in the health sector, in both government and non-government organisations.  I am a graduate of the University of Queensland and Murdoch University, but my degrees were gained out of my personal interests rather than being career-oriented.  I am now retired, married with two children and two grandchildren.  My wife and I moved to the south coast 14 years ago, first to Denmark and then (after 5 years) to Albany.  I have been and continue to be involved in community organisations.  I am a volunteer with the local Foodbank, and my interest in men’s health lead me directly to the MRC.

Ian Pitman Secretary

My working life was divided between the Northern Territory, for 26 years, and Western Australia, where I have lived and worked since 1985.  In the NT I spent many years working in Aboriginal communities in remote areas, and in WA I worked in the health sector, in both government and non-government organisations.

I am a graduate of the University of Queensland and Murdoch University, but my degrees were gained out of my personal interests rather than being career-oriented.

I am now retired, married with two children and two grandchildren.  My wife and I moved to the south coast 14 years ago, first to Denmark and then (after 5 years) to Albany.  I have been and continue to be involved in community organisations.  I am a volunteer with the local Foodbank, and my interest in men’s health lead me directly to the MRC.

  Geoffrey Fairclough - Vice Chairman   Geoffrey grew up in Sydney, NSW, arriving in Perth, WA in 1973. He moved to Albany in 2012, with his Partner Linda, where he worked as a Land Valuer for the WA Government, until early 2016. Previous occupations include Accountant, Taxi Driver in Kings Cross, TAFE Lecturer, Census Collector, and Real Estate agent. Semi retired now, he enjoys Ballroom Dancing, Choral Singing, Bridge, Reading and Gardening.  Part time work for Amaroo Retirement Village, Painted Lady Bed and Breakfast as well as Honorary Secretary of the Albany City Dance Club, keeps him in contact with the Community. Having been interested and involved in men’s Issues for many years, it is a pleasure to become involved with The Men’s Resource Centre in Albany

Geoffrey Fairclough - Vice Chairman

Geoffrey grew up in Sydney, NSW, arriving in Perth, WA in 1973. He moved to Albany in 2012, with his Partner Linda, where he worked as a Land Valuer for the WA Government, until early 2016.
Previous occupations include Accountant, Taxi Driver in Kings Cross, TAFE Lecturer,
Census Collector, and Real Estate agent. Semi retired now, he enjoys Ballroom Dancing, Choral Singing, Bridge, Reading and Gardening.

Part time work for Amaroo Retirement Village, Painted Lady Bed and Breakfast as well as
Honorary Secretary of the Albany City Dance Club, keeps him in contact with the Community.
Having been interested and involved in men’s Issues for many years, it is a pleasure to become involved with The Men’s Resource Centre in Albany

 Cheryl Dowell Treasurer  I am really enjoying my involvement with a great bunch of people working together for the best outcome for the Men’s Resource Centre, my role is in the capacity as the Treasurer. My level of commitment and support extends to Men’s Resource Centre events e.g. Fun Run, Paddle events, Health Check. I hold a strong commitment to supporting Not for Profit organisations as a volunteer and in the past as an employee in my paid working life. My areas of employment have been within Health industry and Indigenous sector. As a local person I am unable to “pay it forward” in a monetary value, but able to provide my time to support the organisations like the Mens Resource Centre with my time and strong financial skill set. I hold qualification in Finance, Population Health, and Property Management and as a registered BAS agent.     Albany is a great place to live, I raised my children in Albany, got involved and supported local sporting clubs, was that orange mum for half time’s, was the goal umpire, was the Athletic mum committed to training session in Perth and country meetings in regional areas, listening ears, supportive sideline spectator, canteen mum, and mum’s taxi.

Cheryl Dowell Treasurer

I am really enjoying my involvement with a great bunch of people working together for the best outcome for the Men’s Resource Centre, my role is in the capacity as the Treasurer. My level of commitment and support extends to Men’s Resource Centre events e.g. Fun Run, Paddle events, Health Check. I hold a strong commitment to supporting Not for Profit organisations as a volunteer and in the past as an employee in my paid working life. My areas of employment have been within Health industry and Indigenous sector. As a local person I am unable to “pay it forward” in a monetary value, but able to provide my time to support the organisations like the Mens Resource Centre with my time and strong financial skill set. I hold qualification in Finance, Population Health, and Property Management and as a registered BAS agent.

 

Albany is a great place to live, I raised my children in Albany, got involved and supported local sporting clubs, was that orange mum for half time’s, was the goal umpire, was the Athletic mum committed to training session in Perth and country meetings in regional areas, listening ears, supportive sideline spectator, canteen mum, and mum’s taxi.

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Neil Worrell

Simon Smale