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

 

GRANT WESTTHORP - Chief Executive Officer  In May 2008 Grant was involved in a near fatal mountain bike accident which left him on his back recuperating with plenty of time to consider life and all of its meaning. Grant decided to give back to the community that has given him a cherished life. He joined the Men’s Resource Centre in Albany, Western Australia as an administration assistant in 2008. In 2010 Grant became the Manager/Senior Community Educator of the MRC. Grant recently completed a Diploma in Community Services Work. Grant is passionate about getting men to accept the preventative health message and to at least live as long as their partners. Grant has been on the board of the Australian Men's Health Forum since 2014 has played an active role in promoting men health and the need for Men's Health Policies both State and Federal. Grant with the assistance of Bruce has designed, developed and is now delivering the "Staying Alive Your Choice" suicide prevention program specifically for men. Grant was the designer of the Men's Survival Handbook, 15000 copies have been distributed Australia Wide (2017). Grant is dedicated to securing the best physical, mental and social health and wellbeing outcomes for males.

GRANT WESTTHORP - Chief Executive Officer

 In May 2008 Grant was involved in a near fatal mountain bike accident which left him on his back recuperating with plenty of time to consider life and all of its meaning.

Grant decided to give back to the community that has given him a cherished life. He joined the Men’s Resource Centre in Albany, Western Australia as an administration assistant in 2008. In 2010 Grant became the Manager/Senior Community Educator of the MRC. Grant recently completed a Diploma in Community Services Work. Grant is passionate about getting men to accept the preventative health message and to at least live as long as their partners.

Grant has been on the board of the Australian Men's Health Forum since 2014 has played an active role in promoting men health and the need for Men's Health Policies both State and Federal. Grant with the assistance of Bruce has designed, developed and is now delivering the "Staying Alive Your Choice" suicide prevention program specifically for men. Grant was the designer of the Men's Survival Handbook, 15000 copies have been distributed Australia Wide (2017).

Grant is dedicated to securing the best physical, mental and social health and wellbeing outcomes for males.

BRUCE BEAMISH - Senior Community Educator Bruce came to the Men's Resource Centre from a mining background and has spent the last 30 years living and working in rural Western Australia. He is passionate about assisting men to live longer, happier and more fulfilling lives. Bruce's hobbies includes babysitting grandies, playing music in his irish band and enjoying outdoor activities.

BRUCE BEAMISH - Senior Community Educator

Bruce came to the Men's Resource Centre from a mining background and has spent the last 30 years living and working in rural Western Australia.

He is passionate about assisting men to live longer, happier and more fulfilling lives. Bruce's hobbies includes babysitting grandies, playing music in his irish band and enjoying outdoor activities.


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.

Phillip Thompson - Vice Chairman Phillip was born in Cairns in 1972.  As a toddler, he had no option but to move to WA with his parents and pickup sticks on their farming property in Vasse.   After gaining an extensive public education, he went to work in the finance sector, through which he found a way to travel the state and discover the joys of working in country communities.  Phillip found himself in Albany and after meeting his wife here, the big city lights beckoned and there began a hectic decade working in Perth and, for a short time, in London during the Global Financial Crisis.  Following the birth of their son, the lure of the Great Southern Region proved too strong and he returned to Albany with his family in 2012 where they welcomed their new daughter into the world. Phillip has a wide range of experience working with businesses ranging from multinational corporations to small business and Agriculture both within Australia and the UK.  In addition to a career in finance, he has also worked in the oil and gas industry in the states northwest and is a serving non-commissioned officer with the Australian Army Reserve. Being a mere male himself, Phil is all too aware that a man’s own health is low on the list of priorities. Phil is passionate about being part of an initiative which is focused on raising the importance of putting one’s health first as, after all, if we don’t look after ourselves, how can we look after our family.

Phillip Thompson - Vice Chairman

Phillip was born in Cairns in 1972.  As a toddler, he had no option but to move to WA with his parents and pickup sticks on their farming property in Vasse.   After gaining an extensive public education, he went to work in the finance sector, through which he found a way to travel the state and discover the joys of working in country communities.  Phillip found himself in Albany and after meeting his wife here, the big city lights beckoned and there began a hectic decade working in Perth and, for a short time, in London during the Global Financial Crisis.  Following the birth of their son, the lure of the

Great Southern Region proved too strong and he returned to Albany with his family in 2012 where they welcomed their new daughter into the world. Phillip has a wide range of experience working with businesses ranging from multinational corporations to small business and Agriculture both within Australia and the UK.  In addition to a career in finance, he has also worked in the oil and gas industry in the states northwest and is a serving non-commissioned officer with the Australian Army Reserve. Being a mere male himself, Phil is all too aware that a man’s own health is low on the list of priorities. Phil is passionate about being part of an initiative which is focused on raising the importance of putting one’s health first as, after all, if we don’t look after ourselves, how can we look after our family.

Martin Lloyd - Secretary A very healthy older bloke, Martin was born and educated in UK during which time he studied at Agriculture College and served 2 years in the Merchant Navy. He got married in Jersey and sailed for Australia on the way to Canada. Never left WA and naturalised early in the 1970's.  He spent 4 years demonstrating Agriculture to residential students at Agricultural School in the South West. Having a keen interest in Conservation, he became a Senior Ranger with the Department of Environment and Conservation (formally CALM) managing many national parks particularly in the southern region.  Later appointed Regional Leader of Parks and Visitor Services for Albany and Esperance Districts, managing conservation and recreation programmes and supervising staff. Worked with many private and government agencies, indigenous communities, land owners, financial management, bushfire agencies, employment/volunteers and workplace/visitor safety programmes to name but a few. Now retired in Albany after 36 years with the Department.

Martin Lloyd - Secretary

A very healthy older bloke, Martin was born and educated in UK during which time he studied at Agriculture College and served 2 years in the Merchant Navy.

He got married in Jersey and sailed for Australia on the way to Canada. Never left WA and naturalised early in the 1970's.  He spent 4 years demonstrating Agriculture to residential students at Agricultural School in the South West.

Having a keen interest in Conservation, he became a Senior Ranger with the Department of Environment and Conservation (formally CALM) managing many national parks particularly in the southern region.  Later appointed Regional Leader of Parks and Visitor Services for Albany and Esperance Districts, managing conservation and recreation programmes and supervising staff.

Worked with many private and government agencies, indigenous communities, land owners, financial management, bushfire agencies, employment/volunteers and workplace/visitor safety programmes to name but a few. Now retired in Albany after 36 years with the Department.

Brian Campbell

Rosalee Tihanyi

Ian Pitman

Cheryl Dowell - Treasurer