Australia – MAN Newsletter #86 – 17th July, 2009

 

 MAN Newsletter #86
17th July, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

A regular newsletter addressing issues that affect men and boys in our communities

MAN News is the email newsletter produced by the Men’s Advisory Network (MAN) and goes to a distribution list of around 1,200 organisations and individuals. MAN is the peak body for service providers, organisations and individuals concerned with men’s health, wellbeing and other issues affecting males of all ages in Western Australia. It receives financial support from the Department of Health.

The articles and comments contained in this newsletter are considered as making a useful contribution to the understanding of the issues discussed.

The views expressed in these articles do not necessarily have an official endorsement or recommendation by MAN.

Nor does MAN necessarily endorse any of the services that are featured. It is the reader’s responsibility to check to see that the comments and/or services provide what you are seeking.

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In this issue.
National Men’s Health Gathering October
My Father’s House
The Manhood Conference
The Manhood Conference #2
Men’s Group: The Movie
Coping with abuse
WA Men’s Shed Conference
Men’s sheds
Men’s Sheds – the movie
Mensheds Australia Newsletter
Skilled dad’s workshop
The New Warrior Training Adventure
Blokes’ Bulletin
Our Mob, Our Minds, Our Spirit”
Shared parenting – why it works
The Barbara Biggs Show
The Fourteen Percenter
Supporting children from same sex couples
Paid parental leave doesn’t add up for dads
Response to Ross River
International Men’s Day, 2008
What is depression?
Healthy men / Healthy Families / Healthy Nation
http://www.sane.org/
‘Most violent deaths involve alcohol’
How beer works
Shades of gay
Quit smoking pill linked to suicides
Should men be taking men’s supplements?
emale Newsletter
National Family News
Tradies get health checks
ABC Health and Wellbeing
Will good quality running shoes help prevent injuries?
Lose weight for the long term
Fitness fix
Are boys getting the message on good health?
Got the winter blues?
Girl sues sperm bank for defective product
Out of time (Four Corners: 06/07/2009)
What is MAN doing?
National Peak Body
Intimate Partner Abuse of Men
2010 Conference
Feedback

National Men’s Health Gathering October:
Earlybird extended to 31 July!
Following on from the success of the previous seven national conferences the 8th National Men’s Health Conference and associated events will be the biggest ever. In this milestone year of the formation of our first National Men’s Health Policy join us for this opportunity to make a difference in men’s health and wellbeing by sharing our knowledge, skills and practice in the area.

Tuesday October 6 – Friday October 9, 2009
The University of Newcastle, NSW

The National Men’s Health Gathering 2009 consists of the following 3 events:
• 5th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Male Health Convention Oct 6 – 7
• 8th National Men’s Health Conference Oct 7 – 9
• 4th National Men & Family Relationships Forum Oct 8 – 9

To register online or to be added to the database please visit www.workingwithmen.org.au

My Father’s House
World Premiere of a new movie
– 30th July to 15 August at The Blue Room Theatre, 53 James Street, Northbridge.
Sex with your best mate’s mum – was that such a good idea? He’s unemployed, overweight, 35 years old, still living at home and comes to loggerheads with his father when they fall for the same woman in the world premiere of this Australian contemporary drama.
Readers of the MAN News can receive the discount ticket price of $18 if they quote the password ‘MAN’ when booking. Groups of 6+ receive the ticket price of $15.
To see the poster and more details – click here.

The Manhood Conference
August 7, 2009 in Geraldton
This conference aims to raise awareness among professionals of the current issues that men face in Western Australia and to acknowledge the need to engage with men starting from where they are in their lives. For more details, click here – for a registration form – click here.

The Manhood Conference #2
August 8, 2009 in Geraldton
The Manhood Conference, 2009; Men and their Relationships, presents a fantastic opportunity for all men to come together and unravel hidden truths about men’s health and how men develop and maintain relationships. This event will be like no other! It will be real, relevant, practical and powerful and, of course there is great food.
Click here for the registration form.

Men’s Group: The Movie
August 7 at Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton.  A movie described as: “Revelatory and uplifting. By delving deep into the hearts of men, Joy has something quite transcendent.”
For more information click here.

Coping with abuse
Adults Surviving Child Abuse
(ASCA) is conducting workshops in Perth for professionals on Friday 28 and the general public on Saturday 29 August.
ASCA’s Creating New Possibilities workshops have been developed with the aim of providing adults surviving child abuse with information about how the abuse they suffered may have impacted on their current or past behaviours, feelings and/or physical and psychological health. For more information – click here.
ASCA’s workshop for health professionals recognises that working with adults surviving child abuse is challenging and requires specialised training.
For more information – click here.
For more information, or to register on line: www.asca.org.au

WA Men’s Shed Conference
September 3 and 4, 2009 in Mukinbudin.
For details and registration form for WA’s first men’s sheds conference visit:
http://www.mukinbudin.wa.gov.au/MukinbudinMensShed

Men’s sheds
The concept of a Men’s Shed has been ongoing now for over 15 years with over 300 facilities of this type now in existence. Men’s Sheds have achieved proven results in bringing their communities together to provide men a place of belonging, where they can work on worthwhile community projects and participate in youth mentoring programs.
The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) views Men’s Shed facilities as a health preventative measure by providing a place of belonging for men where they can comfortably talk on issues surrounding men’s health. They also provide an ideal platform from which to launch future men’s health initiatives.
To read about Tim Mathieson being appointed as Patron of the Australian Men’s Shed Association’s 3rd National Men’s Shed Conference, plus details and registration for the conference to be held in Tasmania in August – click here.

Men’s Sheds – the movie
A movie giving an insight into the new and rapidly growing phenomena in Men’s Health: Men’s Sheds. In 15 minutes it gives you an idea of what Men’s Sheds are all about and what remarkable people and achievements Men’s Sheds can foster.
“Men’s Shed, The Movie” is a playful documentary portraying the extraordinary lives of some of the men at the Manningham Men’s Shed. They tell their stories of personal transformations in love, life, faith and woodwork.
It is like reality television meets the men of but one Men’s Shed!
For more information – click here.

Mensheds Australia Newsletter
Includes: Mensheds Australia’s First National Conference for Members at Bathurst.
Mensheds Australia at the Tenth National Rural Health Alliance Conference in Cairns
Our “Unsung Hero Award”. To read the newsletter – click here

Skilled dad’s workshop
Tuesday, 15th September 2009
Skilled Dads 2-½ hour workshops provide dads with the opportunity to identify the practical, emotional, and developmental issues that build relationships with children, partners or ex-partners. Available to dads with children under 5, Skilled Dads is ideal for those with limited time and residence with their children and those who live with, and look after, their children full time. More details – click here.

The New Warrior Training Adventure
Workshop – October 16 to 18, 2009
“Our mission is to provide trainings for men in the ways of authentic masculinity, in order to empower them to live fulfilled and passionate lives.”
Click here for update – or see their new web-site: www.mkpgo.com

Blokes’ Bulletin
For news, plus details about the 2009 Men’s Gathering to be held from 20-22 November 2009 – click here.

“Our Mob, Our Minds, Our Spirit”
The Indigenous Mental Health Conference Committee invites you to submit a presentation for a workshop for the second “Our Mob, Our Minds, Our Spirit” Conference to be held November 25-27, 2009 at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle. For more details – click here.

Shared parenting – why it works
With moves clearly afoot to wind back the modest reforms of the previous government on shared parenting legislation designed to encourage a relationship between both parents and children after separation, Dads On the Air takes a look at the very strong case for shared parenting as the norm post-separation, with advocates arguing it works best for both children and parents – as well as saving the government a great deal of money by encouraging single parents to get off welfare and into work. To read – click here.

The Barbara Biggs Show
Dads On the Air talks to Barbara Biggs, who has become the new ‘poster girl’ for the anti-shared-parenting movement. While many fathers have been disturbed by her comments in the media against shared and co-operative parenting after divorce, this is the first opportunity for many to actually hear what she has to say.
Barbara Biggs has made a career out of her colourful life, including alleging she was sold as a sex slave by her grandmother at 14, as well as doing stints as a prostitute, mental health patient and property developer. To read more – click here.

The Fourteen Percenter
An American publication for parents on the wrong side of the standard possession order.
“I see my child two days out of every fourteen; 14%. That’s not enough.”

The Fourteen Percenter is an international newsletter that seeks to promote equal parenting rights in the US, the UK, and worldwide. They welcome feedback, as well as any article, poem, or review relating to the child-parent bond. To read their newsletter – click here.

Supporting children from same sex couples
The Australian Government has amended key legislation to remove discrimination against same sex couples and ensure financial benefits are available to their families and their children.
This means from 1 July 2009 same sex couples who have separated will be able to apply for child support for any children from their relationship. Applications for child support from same-sex couples can only be accepted from 1 July 2009 onwards, but couples who lived in a de facto relationship and separated prior to this date can still apply.
If you, or someone you know, are a separated parent from a same sex relationship and you want to know more about child support, contact the Child Support Agency on 131 272 or visit the website: http://www.csa.gov.au/

Paid parental leave doesn’t add up for dads
Fathers are included in the paid parental leave scheme; otherwise it would simply be classified as ‘maternity leave’, but dad’s chances of actually getting paid to take time off work to be with their new child are quite slim. It’s all based around the concept of who is classified as the ‘primary carer’, a phrase which undeniably provides more mums than dads with the financial benefits of the scheme. To read the full article – click here.

Response to Ross River
To read the government’s responses to the recommendations made at the Aboriginal Male Health Summit at Ross River last year – click here.

International Men’s Day, 2008
This link features video addresses at the Australian International Men’s Day by: Rev. Eric Trezise, Warwick Marsh, Professor John McDonald, Greg Smith MP, Rob Koch and Elizabeth Celi. To view: http://www.vimeo.com/2411801

What is depression?
Depression is more than just a low mood – it’s a serious illness. While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time and often without reason. People with depression find it hard to function every day and may be reluctant to participate in activities they once enjoyed.
Depression is one of the most common of all mental health problems. One in five people experience depression at some stage of their lives.
beyondblue aims to provide clear and comprehensive information about depression. Their website will take you step-by-step through the symptoms of depression; how to recognise it, how to get help, how to help someone and how to stay well.
http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx

Healthy men / Healthy Families / Healthy Nation
Dads on the Air talks to Jeff Kennett about: Men’s health is sadly neglected in Australia and men perform poorly on almost every health indicator, so this week we try to address some of the imbalance. The Labor Party went to the last election promising to develop a Men’s health policy to equal the long standing Women’s health policy and there has been considerable debate over its development. To read more – click here

http://www.sane.org/
SANE promotes understanding of mental illness through an award-winning range of education products and services for those affected, their family and friends, health professionals and the general community:
Guidebooks, factsheets, DVDs – http://www.sane.org/option,com_virtuemart/Itemid,363.html – and other resources on mental illness and related topics.
A national free call Helpline: 1800 18 SANE (7263), Monday to Friday 9:00am-5:00pm EST offering information and referral.
SANE’s award-winning website: http://www.sane.org
SANE News – http://www.sane.org/information/information/sane_news.html – is a quarterly magazine on mental health issues.
To get your copy of SANE News or to find out more about becoming a Friend of SANE – http://www…sane.org/donate/donate/friends_of_sane.html

‘Most violent deaths involve alcohol’
Sixty per cent of all homicides in Australia are committed by people who are intoxicated, usually with alcohol. http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuId=28&ContentID=150110

How beer works
This shows how alcohol can affect men’s perceptions, judgement and decision making. It helps explain why some men become involved in inappropriate sexual behaviour when they have had too much to drink.
WARNINGThis may offend some people. It was probably produced as a humorous email message. It is repeated here as a serious warning regarding the impact of alcohol on our perceptions.   Men only: click here.

Shades of gay
A guy walks into a shrink’s office. Says he’s gay and wants to be straight. Shrink says, “OK, I’ll help.”
Don’t wait for the punch line. There isn’t one, because this isn’t a joke. It’s a true story. And it’s a common one, according to a British study just published in BMC Psychiatry.
To read the article by William Saltetan – http://www.slate.com/id/2215123/

Quit smoking pill linked to suicides
Thousands of smokers taking Australia’s new anti-addiction pill Champix in the United States have reported psychotic and suicidal behaviour.
The tablet, which curbs nicotine cravings, has been available in Australia since January but label warnings were strengthened one month later after reports from the US and the UK linked it to depression and suicide.
New research links the pill to problems, showing 3,000 reports of adverse events including suicides, cardiovascular problems, diabetes and seizures have been reported to the US Food and Drug Administration.
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23741431-5001021,00.html

Should men be taking men’s supplements?
In recent years, both research on and the availability of vitamin supplements has increased, drawing increased attention to the possibility that a daily pill can enhance health.
In particular, it is a message that is resounding with men. According to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, 53% of American adults take a multivitamin supplements, and 50% of adult men 18 and older take a multivitamin, according to a 2008 survey.
But preliminary encouraging findings can often hit a wall when they are refuted by larger studies that lead to increased scrutiny on products whose claims overstated the benefits of that early research. To read an article – click here.

emale Newsletter
To read the July issue of emale – including: Paid parental leave does not add up for dads, Men’s health and the economy. – click here.

National Family News
Families Australia, a national, independent, peak organisation promoting the interests of families, publishes National Family News. NFN contains information about the latest major developments in national family policy, services and research from across government and the non-government sectors. To read their July newsletter – click here.

Tradies get health checks
Tradesmen in the ACT and regional NSW will get a boost to their health with the launch of a government initiative that will monitor the health of building and construction workers.
To read more – click here.

ABC Health and Wellbeing
Will good quality running shoes help prevent injuries?
Can the type of shoe you wear while you’re running affect your risk of injury? It is a cruel twist that running to get fit can sometimes lead to injury.
Shin splints, Achilles tendonitis and even the gruesomely named plantar faciitis (a common cause of piercing heel pain), are just some of the injuries that can and do regularly afflict those of us padding the pre-dawn footpaths. Can shoes really be considered safety devices?
http://abcmail.net.au/t/511842/605910/10708/0/

Lose weight for the long term
Losing weight is a tricky business. It’s hard enough to shift excess kilos in the first place. But keeping them off is darned near impossible – only one in five people manage to maintain significant weight loss in the long term. So what’s the secret to keeping a wobbly waistline at bay?
http://www.abc.net.au/health/healthyliving/stories/2009/06/30/2601561.htm

Fitness fix
Ageing starts young. Between 20 and 35 years of age, endurance and strength decrease by about one to two per cent per year. Aerobic capacity decreases by about 10 per cent per decade, starting in the late teens for women and the mid twenties for men.
As you get older, you lose muscle mass. With less muscle mass, your metabolic rate slows down, making you more prone to weight gain.
Strength training reduces the risk of falling and fractures as you age, and it’s never too late (or too early!) to start. Studies show that even people in their eighties and nineties can improve muscle strength with training.
http://abcmail.net…au/t/511842/605910/4357/0/

Are boys getting the message on good health?
Ensuring boys know how to look after their physical and mental wellbeing is an important step towards improving men’s health in the long term.
http://abcmail.net.au/t/561347/605910/10880/0/

Got the winter blues?
Why not take a walk outside with some friends – the sunshine, exercise and company could help shift your mood.
http://abcmail.net.au/t/561347/605910/10882/0/

Girl sues sperm bank for defective product
Sperm should be subject to the same product liability laws as car brakes, according to a US judge who has given a teenager with severe learning disabilities the go-ahead to sue the sperm bank that provided her with a biological father. To read more – click here.

‘Out of time’ (Four Corners: 06/07/2009)
Reporter Matthew Carney investigated claims by whistleblowers inside the St John Ambulance Service in Western Australia, who said that poor organisation and a lack of accountability could be contributing to the death of some patients. The program detailed a series of harrowing cases where emergency calls were wrongly classified or simple instructions ignored. The result? Ambulance crews arrived too late to save their critically-ill patients.
http://abcmail.net.au/t/561347/605910/10910/0/

What is MAN doing?

National Peak Body
MAN Executive Officer, Gary Bryant, is the convenor of a steering committee to establish a national peak body concerned with the wide range of issues that impact on men and boys. The MAN Chairperson Julian Krieg, is also a member of the steering committee. Over 70 other people from various organisations throughout Australia are involved in a website discussion forum.

Intimate Partner Abuse of Men
In partnership with the Family and Domestic Violence Unit, MAN has established a steering committee to investigate the extent and nature of intimate partner abuse of men. Lotterywest has recently approved a grant to undertake this research. Professor Alfred Allen and Dr Greg Dean of the School of Psychology at Edith Cowan University have been selected as the research partners to undertake the study.

2010 Conference
MAN has conducted two successful national conferences in 2006 and 2007. Planning has commenced to conduct another conference in the second half of 2010.

 

Feedback:
Please let us have your ideas on any of these issues.

Men’s Advisory Network:
MAN is the peak body for service providers, organisations and individuals concerned with men’s health, wellbeing and other issues affecting males of all ages in Western Australia. It receives financial support from the Department of Health.

The primary role that MAN plays is in resourcing the sector through supporting service providers, organisations and professionals from various disciplines, who work with males of all ages. In addition, MAN provides information to individuals about appropriate services and professionals, plus provides general community education and raises awareness of the issues affecting males of all ages.

For further information on MAN please contact:

Gary Bryant
Executive Officer
Men’s Advisory Network
Claisebrook Lotteries House
33 Moore Street
East Perth WA 6004
Phone/Fax: (08) 9218 8044
Email: admin@man.org.au  
Website: http://www.man.org.au  

 

 

 

 

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