Australia – MAN News Letter

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 and is read by approximately 3,500 people.

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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.

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In this issue.
Contrasts In Harmony
Back to the Bush Veterans Reunion – Bruce Rock
14th Annual WEST AUSTRALIAN MEN’S GATHERING
Men in Bali Programs for 2010, A Man’s Journey and The Elders Way
A Strength-Based Approach To Men’s Health
Men’s Sheds: a strategy to improve men’s health
Mensheds Australia Newsletter
Suicide Prevention Australia SPA
Standardised reporting of suicide and self-harm in Australia
Arbor News – Support for People Bereaved By Suicide
Dads Hit Out Over Shared Parenting Law Review
Family Law: Facts Versus Myths
Empowering Gender Equality
A New Domestic Violence Crisis Service Raises Questions
Does Australia Need A Minister For Men’s Interests?
Women’s Refuge Closed As It Does Not Cater For Abused Men
Is There Anything Good About Men?
Prostate Cancer In Rural And Regional Australia
Western Australian Christian Men “Male By Birth Men By Choice”
I Hoped Mum Would Come Back: Malcolm Turnbull
ABC Addresses Health Matters
Rural Depression
Aged care: the depressing reality
If You Are Feeling Depressed Can Writing Help?
Deadly Renovations?
The Real Man’s Tool Box
EMALE
Foundation 49’s Whole New Ball Game
Babana News
Deadly Vibe
WANADA Aug Newsletter
National Compact
What is MAN doing?
Intimate Partner Abuse of Men
Mental Health and Men’s Sheds
Aboriginal Men’s Health
Email Network
Feedback

Contrasts In Harmony
Bach and the Beatles are a couple of musical acts one would not expect to hear in the same sentence but you might at a Southside Men’s Barbershop Chorus meeting. Drop into Attadale Baptist Hall between 1.30pm and 4pm on a Thursday or call Keith Smith on 9456 2357
The group of men from across the metro area specialise in four part harmony a Capella.

Back to the Bush Veterans Reunion – Bruce Rock
Organise your caravan, motor home or camping gear and head to BRUCE ROCK for a great week of fun, relaxation and camaraderie!! 2-9 November 2009
Click Here for BTTB Flyer 1
Click Here for BTTB Flyer 2

14th Annual WEST AUSTRALIAN MEN’S GATHERING
Friday 20 to Sunday 22 November, 2009
The theme this year is :”THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING”
So !! WHAT’S NEW??
The 2009 WA Men’s Gathering will focus on changes happening in our lives and how one can cope with the rapidity of change in the present circumstances of population integration, climate change, and taking care of the precious resource of the land and seas.
Remember the early Bloke registrations end 26th September – so if you want to save some dough : do it now.
Last year we were over subscribed so get in early to save being disappointed.
Click Here for the flyer
Click Here for the Registration Form
Click Here for more information

Men in Bali Programs for 2010, A Man’s Journey and The Elders Way
Over the past 7 years the Men in Bali programs have provided an outstanding opportunity for men from Australia and New Zealand to explore their potential in a unique tropical setting. Over 70 men have participated in the past twelve programs and we only take 8 men for each Program. If you have never attended a MEN IN BALI Retreat, now is the time to gift yourself with nine (9) nights and eight (8) days of this exceptional special experience, conducted in the beautiful village surroundings of Pondok Saraswati near Ubud in Bali.
PROGRAM DATES
A Man’s Journey – Friday 12 March to Sunday 21 March 2010
The Elders Way – Friday 26 march to Sunday 4 April 2010
http://www.menshealthaustralia.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=534&Itemid=82

A Strength-Based Approach To Men’s Health
In its submission to the national men’s health policy, the Australasian Men’s Health Forum says that men’s health is about wellness, not just illness.
This approach has been described as strength-based or salutogenic, rather than pathogenic. It is, in other words, that men’s health is not just about male-specific reproductive illnesses such as prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction, nor just about the negative sociology of maleness associated with male suicide, men and relationship breakdown, etc. A strength-based approach seeks to find out and build upon what is health-enhancing in the contexts of men’s lives: their physical, emotional, social, psychological, spiritual and cultural environments. As such this approach emphasises prevention rather than cure.
To read the submission Click Here

Men’s Sheds: a strategy to improve men’s health
Sheds hold an important place in Australian male culture. Traditionally it is a man’s space where men have retreated from the hectic pace of work, life and family to make or repair things and enjoy the company of other men. Men’s sheds address the need for socialisation, friendship, camaraderie, self esteem and the need for purposeful activity.
To read the report commissioned by Mensheds Australia Click here

Mensheds Australia Newsletter
To read the August newsletter Click Here

Suicide Prevention Australia SPA
After a review SPA is moving forward as the need for a strong national voice was recognised
Click Here for the full report

Standardised reporting of suicide and self-harm in Australia
The first meeting of the National Committee for Standardised Reporting on Suicide was held (as a workshop) in April 2009. A follow-up meeting is to be scheduled in the second half of 2009.
Whilst many of the challenges of achieving standardised reporting of suicide and self-harm are already evident in the local context, it is important that key stakeholders nationally are consulted via the Committee with a view to developing a strategy for piloting proposed changes and, ultimately, establishing an agreed set of national standards and processes for suicide reporting.
For the report Click Here

Arbor News – Support for People Bereaved By Suicide
A Journey of grief:
Saturday November 21 2009
4.15am for a 4.30am start Bell Tower Perth
Finishing at Kings Park at Sunrise
Click Here for the Arbor News

Dads Hit Out Over Shared Parenting Law Review
FATHERS’ groups have blasted the Rudd Government’s appointment of a retired Family Court judge to examine shared parenting laws he has openly criticized. In a dire warning, Mr Dabrowski said that if the laws were repealed, suicide rates among divorced dads “will increase, without a doubt.”
http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/spca/pg/news/view/706/index.php&filter=16

Family Law: Facts Versus Myths
DAD’s On The AIR interviews
Sue Price
Once again we continue with the ever present need to put the record straight and expose the truth behind the myths and disinformation generally being presented in the media, regarding the many factors surrounding the family justice system.
Our editorial position is that, unless policies and programs are formulated as a result of sound research which is grounded in verifiable facts about the nature, extend and causes of the problems, we will never achieve a just and equitable outcome and separating families will continue to suffer as a result.
Click Here for more

Empowering Gender Equality
DAD’s On The AIR interviews
Jeffrey Asher
Jeffrey Asher formerly of Dawson College, who taught on the statistical merits of sexual politics and in the autumn of 1994, offered students at Dawson College the only course in Canada on ‘Men’s Lives’. Following 6 years of unrelenting pressure from extreme feminists, he was finally forced to resign and abandon the course in 2000.
Geoffrey Greene.
the newly appointed President of the Shared Parenting Council of Australia Geoffrey Greene, who was a key figure in the establishment of the Council 8 years ago and a key figure in pushing through the moderate reforms to family law by the previous Australian government; reforms which now look like they will be wound back by a Labor government and a few key feminist ministers.
Click Here

A New Domestic Violence Crisis Service Raises Questions
The government has advertised a tender for a new telephone and online crisis service for anyone in Australia who has experienced, or is at risk of, sexual assault and/or domestic and family violence. However, it raises a number of questions. Click Here for examples of questions you may like to ask the Minister.

Does Australia Need A Minister For Men’s Interests?
Gary Gleeson discusses this issue
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=141351075189&ref=mf

Women’s Refuge Closed As It Does Not Cater For Abused Men
The attached newspaper article claims that a domestic violence refuge in the UK is being closed because it does not cater for men. The article reports that a spokesperson said that the refuge was being replaced by an outreach service that would help more people, plus there is also a need to make support open to male victims and families with older male children.
In publishing this article MAN does not suggest that women’s refuges should be closed. However, support services for male victims are needed.
Click Here for the article

Is There Anything Good About Men?
“You’re probably thinking that a talk called “Is there anything good about men” will be a short talk!
Recent writings have not had much good to say about men. Titles like “Men Are Not Cost Effective” speak for themselves. Maureen Dowd’s book was called “Are Men Necessary?” and although she never gave an explicit answer, anyone reading the book knows her answer was no. Brizendine’s book “The Female Brain” introduces itself by saying, “Men, get ready to experience brain envy.” Imagine a book advertising itself by saying that women will soon be envying the superior male brain!”
To read the article from the American Psychological Association
http://www.psy.fsu.edu/~baumeistertice/goodaboutmen.htm

Prostate Cancer In Rural And Regional Australia
There’s a killer lurking in the bush. It’s slow and stealthy and targets 20,000 men each year. The killer is prostate cancer and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia has come up with a weapon it hopes will stop the disease from claiming more lives.
http://abcmail.net.au/t/605151/605910/11958/0/

Western Australian Christian Men “Male By Birth Men By Choice”
WACMEN events are the other things where I have personally seen these changes happen. When away on our camps and huddled together around a fire or a camp light the stories come out and strong bonds and friendships are made that are not easily broken. Call it what you will but I see flashes of God when men get together. We all have our fears but let’s not deny the most basic instincts that God purposely placed in us and which the world tries so desperately to take away – unbridled masculinity.
Says WACMEN News Click Here for the PDF

I Hoped Mum Would Come Back: Malcolm Turnbull
In an intimate television profile, Mr Turnbull tells of how his mother Coral Lansbury, a writer and academic, left him and his father when he was nine years old.
As a boy, Malcolm Turnbull believed his mother would return to him if he worked harder and became successful, the opposition leader has revealed. Mr Turnbull said he forgave his mother. A quarter of a century later, in the late 1980s, Mr Turnbull nursed his mother as she died of cancer.
“It was grim. Very grim, very sad,” he said.
“She didn’t want to die. She kept on asking me to forgive her, which I did.
“She felt bad about herself, bad about I guess the way she’d left me.”
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/i-hoped-mum-would-come-back-turnbull-20090803-e7al.html

ABC Addresses Health Matters

Rural Depression
Online therapy, helping treat depression in rural areas
People in rural communities struggling with depression may not have easy access to the full range of mental health services, but help could be as close as the click of a mouse.
http://abcmail.net.au/t/504353/605910/10504/0/

Aged care: the depressing reality
Up to half of all people in residential aged care may have symptoms of depression, which is three times the estimated rate in elderly people living in the community.
Research suggests as many as three-quarters of the cases of depression in aged care homes may go unrecognized, as its symptoms are easily confused with other conditions such as dementia. When a resident becomes withdrawn or forgetful, for example, it is easy for busy nursing home staff to dismiss the signs as a normal part of ageing. Although residents are routinely screened for depression, too often the results get filed away without any action being taken.
http://abcmail.net.au/t/598499/605910/11833/0/

If You Are Feeling Depressed Can Writing Help?
You don’t need to worry about grammar, punctuation, and spelling – no-one is going to mark it or correct it.
You can write about your past, what’s happening in the present, or your hopes for the future; or all three. You can write about yourself, your relationship with your spouse, or friends and family.
How much should you write? As much as you want, but psychologists typically recommend a minimum of three to four sessions of 20 minutes to an hour each time. Just one session doesn’t seem to work, says Baikie.
http://www.abc.net.au/health/thepulse/stories/2008/12/11/2441480.htm

Deadly Renovations?
For the thousands of Australians who might get mesothelioma, James Hardie has an asbestos fund to pay compensation. But Barry Robson from the Asbestos Diseases Foundation says this now means thousands more may need that money.
Barry Robson says “The renovation market is the next big wave, us poor buggers work in the industrial side of the asbestos, we’ll all be dead in another 10, 15 years from it, but it’s the renovators, the home renovators, the young people that are renovating their homes.
Their dragging up these carpets without any protection and most probably have their young kids with them. Forty, 50 years from now, them young kids could come down with a deadly asbestos disease.”
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2009/s2665719.htm

The Real Man’s Tool Box
A book by Tammy Farrell
Most men take care of their cars, spend hours fixing up trucks and keep fishing rods and golf clubs in tip top condition… yet far too many men don’t look after themselves, ignoring symptoms until the wheels literally fall off the wagon.
In The Real Man’s Tool Box she has created the manual EVERY man needs to live a healthier life.
Click Here for details

EMALE
To read the latest issue of this men’s health and wellbeing newsletter Click Here

Foundation 49’s Whole New Ball Game
Click Here For the PDF:

Babana News
Click Here for the newsletter of the Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group, Redfern, NSW.

Deadly Vibe
Footballers from the Kimberley are kicking goals both on and off the field with a positive life program that they will pass around the world. To read the August edition Click Here

WANADA Aug Newsletter
To read Click Here

National Compact
What is a National Compact?
The Australian Government, as part of its social inclusion agenda, is exploring ways to develop a new and stronger relationship with the non profit sector, based on partnership and respect.
One way to do this is through a national compact – an agreement between the Australian Government and the non-profit sector, outlining how the two will work together to improve and strengthen their relationship, now and into the future.
A national compact could also provide a framework for building sector capacity and a platform for discussion and agreement between the Australian Government and the sector about how to achieve objectives that will benefit the community.
http://www.socialinclusion.gov.au/Compact/Pages/default.aspx
Written submissions can also be emailed to australiancompact@fahcsia.gov.au, Submissions close at 5.00pm (AEST) 30 September 2009.

What is MAN doing?

Intimate Partner Abuse of Men
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.
Interviews with men who are the victims of intimate partner abuse plus family members and service providers have been completed and are being analysed. A survey of staff of service providers is about to be undertaken.

Mental Health and Men’s Sheds
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.

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.

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.

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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