Australia – MAN Newsletter #87 19th August 2009

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Onward – Jim

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MAN News #87

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 men and boys in Western Australia. It receives financial support from the Department of Health.

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

The views expressed in these articles do not necessarily have an official endorsement 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 services provide what you are seeking.

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In this issue.
World Suicide Prevention Day – 10th September
National Men’s Health Gathering 2009
MAN Conference Data Base
The Eldership Project
Just Say ‘No’ To Aging
Have a Go News
News for Seniors
Older gamblers risk losing control
When Gambling Becomes a Problem
The Mandarins And The Masses: Family Law Review
New Directions in Domestic Violence Research and Intervention
When He’s Violent to Her, It’s a Felony, When She Stabs Him, It’s a Mental Health Issue
Males being portrayed as Neanderthals
Fifty Domestic Violence Myths
Dads Not The Demons
Out-of-work dads who feel lost may rediscover their children
Judge David Smith in hot water over “technical rape” ruling
The REAL gender gap scandal: Why boys are now the true victims of discrimination
ADHD drug side-effect fears
What’s More Important?
Matters for Men – How to Stay Healthy and Keep Life on Track
Mister – Mens information sheet
Men too tough for their own health’s good
Am I bisexual?
ABC Addresses Health Matters
BOY ON A WIRE
My name is jack
Can Snoring Be Fatal
Beetroot boosts sports stamina
Psychopaths have ‘potholed’ brains: study
Prostrate Cancer: Maintaining Your Wellbeing
What No One Tells You About Male Infertility
The Male Contraceptive Pill
Vasectomy
Penis health care
Helpful Hints for Men’s Health
Nine Ways To Feel Better And Live Longer
Virtual Medical Centre
Penn State researcher says Y chromosome could disappear
Gain Weight – Lose Gray Matter
Men’s health and beauty tips
Five Lies All Women Tell
Why The Difference
What is MAN doing?
Annual Report
Aboriginal Men’s Health
Mental Health
Email Network
Family and Domestic Violence
Feedback

World Suicide Prevention Day – 10th September
World Suicide Prevention Day is held on September 10th each year as an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), and is co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO). The theme in 2009 is “Suicide Prevention in Different Cultures.” Begun in 2003, the purpose of World Suicide Prevention Day is to improve education about suicide, disseminate information, decrease stigmatization and, most importantly, raise awareness that suicide is preventable.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2009, “Suicide Prevention in Different Cultures” provides an opportunity to remind people that suicide is influenced by cultural, religious, legal, historical, philosophical and traditional factors and that these contexts need to be taken into account in considering suicide prevention. Suicide needs to be understood in terms of its cultural background, and, to save lives, suicide prevention programs need to be tailored to different cultural contexts
For more information: http://www.iasp.info/wspd/index.php

National Men’s Health Gathering 2009
View the Special National Men’s Health Gathering 2009 Issue of EMALE:
http://www.menshealthservices.com.au/files/EMALE_Gathering09_ISSUE…pdf

MAN Conference Data Base
MAN is planning to conduct a third national conference in 2010. We wish to create a data base of potential delegates, presenters and sponsors. By being included on the data base you will receive early notification, plus full details of the conference.

Could you please enter your details and those of any other interested party on the data base, by following these instructions? Click here.

The Eldership Project
Can you help to create – or recreate – Eldership in Australia?
Click on the website for more information
http://www.eldership.com.au/

Just Say ‘No’ To Aging
Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer conducted a study with a group of elderly men some years ago, retrofitting an isolated old New England hotel so that every visible sign said it was 20 years earlier. The men – in their late 70s and early 80s – were told not to reminisce about the past, but to actually act as if they had traveled back in time. The idea was to see if changing the men’s mindset about their own age might lead to actual changes in health and fitness.
Langer’s findings were stunning: After just one week, the men in the experimental group (compared with controls of the same age) had more joint flexibility, increased dexterity and less arthritis in their hands. Their mental acuity had risen measurably, and they had improved gait and posture. Outsiders who were shown the men’s photographs judged them to be significantly younger than the controls. In other words, the aging process had in some measure been reversed.
To read more: http://thesituationist.wordpress.com/2009/06/01/the-situation-of-aging/
Or: http://www.newsweek.com/id/193197/ for an article from Newsweek.

Have a Go News
Informs us that 17% of the WA population are 60 years or more
http://www.emailcontrol.com.au/display.php?M=1352597&C=2811cb0d5564ef3438513919e7eb5d28&S=3677&L=1206&N=2344

News for Seniors
To read the winter issue of this publication produced by Centrelink, featuring: recognising same sex relationships, changes to Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, etc.
http://www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/filestores/rt010_0907/$file/rt010_0907en.pdf

Older gamblers risk losing control
Loss of self-control in old age may lead to problem gambling, an Australian study has found: http://abcmail.net.au/t/574566/605910/11200/0/

When Gambling Becomes a Problem
Centrecare Perth offers a service for people affected by problem gambling, their partners and families. For details Click Here

The Mandarins And The Masses: Family Law Review
DAD’s On The AIR interview Amfortas
“It was Adolph Hitler who first said that people will take any reduction to their freedom if you tell them it is in the best interests of the children.”
Click Here for more

New Directions in Domestic Violence Research and Intervention
The California Alliance for Families & Children presented the Domestic Violence Conference of the Decade, Co-Sponsored by the Family Violence Treatment & Education Association.

The conference presented groundbreaking research and evidence-based treatment models. To read the post conference brochure with abstracts & presenter bios click: http://www.cafcusa.org/2009-Conference-Materials/Post.Conference.Brochure.with.Abstracts.pdf

When He’s Violent to Her, It’s a Felony, When She Stabs Him, It’s a Mental Health Issue
David Woods, a partially-disabled male victim of domestic violence explains:
Four Sacramento county Sheriff’s deputy’s vehicles rolled up; there was a total of seven deputies. As I explained to them what happened, he said, “Yeah, that’s fine. Put your hands behind your back.” I said, “No, wait a minute. She tried to stab…there’s the knife. See the knife? She tried to stab…see my [motions toward neck wound] — see?” [Officer:] “Put your hands behind your back. Turn around.” I said, “No. She tried…” And they — five of them — drew their weapons.

And at that time, our daughters — who were 5 and 3 — when she stabbed me, when she tried to stick the knife in my throat, our daughters were in the kitchen with us. My daughters came running out of the back bedroom saying, “Leave my dad alone! Leave Daddy alone! Mamma tried to hit him with a knife. All he did was hit her back so she wouldn’t hurt him.”
http://mensnewsdaily.com/glennsacks/2009/06/30/when-hes-violent-to-her-its-a-felony-when-she-stabs-him-its-a-mental-health-issue/

Males being portrayed as Neanderthals
DAD’s On The AIR interviews Benjamin Easton, who is participating in a demonstration outside the Bank of New Zealand protesting their outrageous portrayal of all men as bashers and all women as victims, clearly themselves the victims of domestic violence hysteria. Somewhere along the line they forgot that half their customers are male and most of them object to being portrayed as Neanderthals. We close the show talking with Professor Robert I McLachlan, who is the director of Andrology Australia a leading figure in men’s health in Australia. Listen here for the broadcast http://www.dadsontheair.net/

Fifty Domestic Violence Myths
On January 28, 1993, a press conference was held in Pasadena, California to issue an ominous warning that the upcoming Super Bowl would be the “biggest day of the year for violence against women.” Based on that dire prediction, an article in the Oakland Tribune warned the event could cause men to “explode like mad linemen, leaving girlfriends, wives, and children beaten.” A national advisory was issued with this blunt advice: “Don’t remain at home with him during the game.”
When it comes to domestic violence myths and misinformation abound. To clean up some of these myths Click Here.

Dads Not The Demons
Recent data from the Department of Child Protection in Western Australia has debunked a common misconception about fathers and violence. The data shows that natural mothers are far more likely to abuse children than their natural fathers, other than in sexual abuse, where mothers were responsible for only 13% of cases.
Click Here for the Graph

Out-of-work dads who feel lost may rediscover their children
In the USA it turns out that men – much more than women – are feeling the brutal brunt of a gut-wrenching recession that’s devouring male-dominated jobs in construction and manufacturing.
“For a lot of guys who define themselves centered around the breadwinning role and suddenly they’re out of jobs, the silver lining is that in the time they’re out of work, they may have a closer, more intimate relationship with their kids than they’ve ever had,” said Vince DiCaro, a spokesman for the National Fatherhood Initiative. “They’re recognizing the incredible joy their children bring.”
To read the article Click Here

Judge David Smith in hot water over “technical rape” ruling
A judge is in hot water for using the term “technical rape”. But why should it be called rape if the woman said yes?” Andrew Bolt says “The only problem now is, should a “yes” actually mean rape instead? That seems to be winding the clock back a few centuries too far, even for me.
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,,25825941-5000117,00.html

The REAL gender gap scandal: Why boys are now the true victims of discrimination
Winifred Robinson writes: In an almost complete reversal of attitudes, today’s parents long for girls.
As the mother of an only child, a son, I do not think I am exaggerating in saying that I detected something akin to sympathy when we announced that we had a boy. It is to our shame that the reasons for boys’ underachievement are so well researched and documented that they are no longer regarded as controversial, even among the education establishment. And yet still the reasons persist.
To read the article Click Here

ADHD drug side-effect fears
Shelley Wilkins from the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), an organisation established by the Church of Scientology which opposes the use of drugs to control ADHD, claimed to have identified 400 cases of side-effects. “There’s a five year old who had a stroke while on Ritalin,” Ms Wilkins claimed. “There are seven-year-olds that have had hallucinations and delusions, increased heart rates of a five- and seven-year-old.”
For the Graphs for ADHD usage in W.A. and Australia Click Here
For more try the link:
http://7perth.com.au/view/today-tonight-articles/20060328194556/

What’s More Important?
Men take their car to be serviced more often than they take themselves to be checked out by their general practitioner, leading to basic problems becoming big health issues, says Australian General Practice Network chair Dr Emil Djakic.
While women often use health services, men are less likely to consider preventive measures, like health checks and screening as a normal part of their health or fitness. However, general practice also has to identify the best ways to deliver health care to men. There are a number of programs through general practice networks specifically designed for men. To read the article – Click Here

Matters for Men – How to Stay Healthy and Keep Life on Track
By John Ashfield
195 pages of practical information and advice for men on over 80 different topics: A unique resource for men’s health promotion and distribution in men’s workplaces. No other book like it is currently available. An invaluable reference for health workers and practitioners who want a basic understanding of men’s health and men’s issues, and what “makes men tick.”
To order the Book: info@peacockpublications.com.au

Mister – Mens information sheet
To read the news sheet Click Here

Men too tough for their own health’s good
Australian men are reluctant to shed their “blokey” image and seek medical help, but the role masculinity plays in attitudes towards their own health is not being recognised enough, experts say AUSTRALIAN men are reluctant to shed their “blokey” image and seek medical help, but the role masculinity plays in attitudes towards their own health is not being recognised enough, experts say. http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,25898732-2682,00.html

Am I Bisexual?
A bisexual is someone who is sexually and/or emotionally attracted to people of both genders. Sexual identity is a personal thing – many people engage in sexual activity with people of both genders, but do not call themselves bisexual. People may call themselves straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or just plain sexual, and enjoy or desire sex with both women and men.
People may identify as bisexual because of the feelings they have for both genders, but engage in sexual activity or have relationships with people of only one gender.
To read more information from the Sydney Bisexual Network Click Here

ABC Addresses Health Matters
BOY ON A WIRE
By Jon Doust a Perth based writer
Listen online to the story of growing up quickly and quite brutally in an institution. This time though, the scene is a prestigious boys’ boarding school in Perth.
Writer Jon Doust has blended his own story of 1960s school life with that of his fictional character Jack Muir, a hot-headed farm boy, who sets out to survive the experience no matter what it takes.
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lifematters/stories/2009/2651378.htm

My name is jack
Radio and TV personality Ian ‘Dano’ Rogerson and his wife Nicole gave up their home, careers and an exciting lifestyle for the love of their son,
Jack.
http://abcmail.net.au/t/593280/605910/11679/0/

Can Snoring Be Fatal
We all know that eating too many cheeseburgers, never exercising and smoking can all contribute to cardiovascular disease, but what about. snoring?
Most of us consider snoring as little more than an annoyance. But there is some suggestion that an extreme form of snoring, known as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), can put you at increased risk of certain life-threatening cardiovascular conditions.
http://www.abc.net.au/health/thepulse/stories/2009/07/23/2633402.htm

Beetroot boosts sports stamina
A glass of beetroot juice boosts endurance by reducing the amount of oxygen needed during physical exercise, according to a new study.
Subjects who drank the juice easily outperformed a control group in tests and were able to exercise at the same intensity for up to 16% longer.
The findings, published in Journal of Applied Physiology, will be of keen interest to endurance athletes but may also prove helpful to people with cardiovascular, respiratory or metabolic diseases as well as the elderly, the researchers say.
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2009/08/10/2651000.htm

Psychopaths have ‘potholed’ brains: study
“Essentially what we found is that the connections in the psychopaths were not as good as the connections in the non-psychopaths.
“I would describe them as roads between the two areas, and we found that in the psychopaths, the roads had potholes and weren’t very well maintained.” says Dr Michael Craig of the Institute of Psychiatry at London’s King’s College Hospital
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2009/08/10/2651145.htm

Prostrate Cancer: Maintaining Your Wellbeing
This booklet has been produced by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue. It provides information on depression and anxiety for men with prostate cancer and their partners. Click Here to read the booklet.

What No One Tells You About Male Infertility
The In The Know: What No One Tells You About Fertility booklet covers the broad range of issues that couples face when struggling with infertility, including a description of infertility in males and females, how to cope with the emotional stresses of infertility, an overview of the treatments that are available, and resources that can provide couples with information to navigate the costs of treatment. To read the fact sheet Click Here
More information from: http://www.fertilitylifelines.com/intheknow/?CID=7524

The Male Contraceptive Pill
Would you be willing to pop a pill that brings your sperm count down to zero? Or do you feel that, beyond condoms, birth control is mainly a woman’s responsibility? A 1997 survey by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, an American health research and education organization, found that more than 66% of respondents (male and female) believed that men should play a bigger role in the choice and use of contraception.
To read more: http://au.askmen.com/dating/dzimmer_60/72_love_answers.html
Updated information – http://au.askmen.com/dating/love_tip_300/354_love_tip.html

Vasectomy
“Vasectomy means not ever having to say you’re sorry.”
A vasectomy is a male surgical procedure in which the vas deferens, a small tube that helps propel sperm during male ejaculation, is cut. When the vas deferens is cut, men become sterile and are thus unable to conceive. There are, however, variations on how vasectomy is performed including whether or not both ends of the vas deferens are sealed (normal vasectomy) or only one end (open-ended vasectomy). Typically, sterility is desired by older men who no longer wish to have children. While the procedure can be reversed in future years, it should not be considered a reversible procedure because reversal does not guarantee regaining the ability to impregnate. With so many fears and misconceptions, vasectomy can be a hot topic, particularly for men (or their wives) seeking alternatives to common contraception. To read more: http://au.askmen.com/dating/keywords/vasectomy.html

Penis health care
The penis is easily a man’s most guarded and revered appendage. As such, the penis commands a level of care and respect. We’re all familiar with the importance of wearing condoms in certain situations, but proper penis health care certainly doesn’t end there. Let’s review some tips on penis health care that will keep you – and your unit – rising happily each morning. http://au.askmen.com/sports/health_150/186_mens_health.html

Helpful Hints for Men’s Health
The best way to stay healthy is to practice a healthy lifestyle. That includes a healthy diet that is low in fats and includes lots of fruits and vegetables. It includes not smoking and drinking alcohol only in moderation. Another part of a healthy life style is getting the proper screening tests and acting appropriately on the information they provide. Click Here to read more

Nine Ways To Feel Better And Live Longer
A new study should strike a nerve with the guys. It confirms that cold, hard cash is a motivator when it comes to losing weight. But there’s an interesting wrinkle: Those who put up their own money, knowing they could get more than double back if they lost weight, dropped the most pounds.
For more – http://www.usaweekend.com/09_issues/090607/090607menshealth.html

Virtual Medical Centre
Do you have any questions about your general health? This site will, hopefully, give you some answers. It will also automatically calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) and your Waist to Hip Ration (WHR), plus provide the answers to many questions.
Of course: the best option is usually to visit your doctor. http://www.virtualmedicalcentre.com/healthinvestigations.asp?sid=73

Penn State researcher says Y chromosome could disappear
The chromosome that makes men male is evolving down a path of nonexistence.
The Y chromosome is deteriorating, losing genes at a rate that could cause it to disappear in a few million years, according to a comparison of mammalian sex chromosomes published in today’s issue of the scientific journal PLoS Genetics.
Click Here for more

Gain Weight – Lose Gray Matter
As if we needed more proof that gaining weight is bad for our health: Now there’s evidence showing that an increase in weight can decrease the size of your brain.
http://antimisandry.com/mens-health/dr-amen-gain-weight-lose-gray-matter-21307.html

Men’s health and beauty tips
Looking good and feeling good are directly interlinked so improving your look can make you more confident, help to receive better cooperation from colleagues and clients and even help you to operate more efficiently.
For more: http://knol.google.com/k/kelly-england/mens-health-and-beauty-tips-and-advice/1cplm4p617dl7/4#

Five Lies All Women Tell
You trust her, you adore her, and you worship the proverbial ground she walks on. However, make no mistake about it, gentlemen; all women lie in certain situations and your little angel is no exception. For the sake of this article and to help you out, we’ve narrowed the spectrum to the essential five lies all women tell.
Sometimes she’s only fibbing a bit to protect her own feelings, or yours. Sometimes her motives are less laudable, like lying to cover her tracks. Whatever the case, certain lies occur much more frequently than others. It’s up to you to learn the five lies all women tell, and how to handle them. More: http://au.askmen.com/dating/heidi_100/125_dating_girl.html

Why The Difference
Ever wondered at the difference between men and women? Well if you Click Here you will get a humorous view

What is MAN doing?

Annual Report
To read the annual report to the Department of Health Click Here

Aboriginal Men’s Health
The Executive Officer is a member of the Aboriginal Men’s Health Inter-Agency Group that has been established by the WA Office of Aboriginal Health.

Mental Health
MAN and the Fremantle Men’s Shed received a grant from the Mental Health Council of Australia to undertake a pilot project to demonstrate how mental health services can be delivered through men’s sheds. A report plus a DVD have been produced.

Email Network
Lotterywest provided the funds to establish an email network system that will involve several men’s organisations, including MAN, Pathways WA, WA Men’s Gathering, Mankind Project WA, Men’s Work Project and The Grail WA. The pilot website was launched in May.

Family and Domestic Violence
Interviews with men who are the victims of intimate partner abuse commenced in November. The study was initiated by MAN and is being conducted by Professor Alfred Allen and Dr Greg Dear of the School of Psychology at Edith Cowan University, with funding provided by Lotterywest.

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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