Australia – MAN Newsletter #89 – 2nd October, 2009

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In this issue.
Better Dads, Better Partners
Rock and Water Program
West Australian Men’s Gathering, 2009
Inquiry into the impact of violence on young Australians
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
WA child ADHD drugging rates fall while adult rates rise
Senate inquiry into suicides
Child Support Review
Shared care of children reviewed
Shared parenting is under immense threat
No equality in divorce
The emasculated Vikings
The Fourteen Percenter
One man’s story .
Venus: The Dark Side
Violence not the greatest killer
Domestic violence: Women abusers on the rise
Against child abuse
Dads not the demons
More mothers than fathers neglect kids
Fatherhood Books
Men’s Sheds
Gay men’s health and wellbeing survey
How do YOU measure up?
Casual work upsetting men’s health
Group membership – the key to good health
Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA
Alcohol and your children
ABC – Health matters
Natural ways to help the prostate
9 Reproductive Problems You Can Prevent
7 things your doctor is not telling you
WA Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies WANADA
Virtual Medical Centre
Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group Inc.
Indigenous students
Connect Groups
Recycle – do your bit
Joke – maybe not?
What is MAN doing?
WA Suicide Prevention Strategy
Intimate Partner Abuse of Men
Mental Health and Men’s Sheds
Aboriginal Men’s Health
Email Network
Feedback

Better Dads, Better Partners
Years ago men were brought up mainly to pay and provide. In the 21st-century they are expected to be sensitive parents and partners, and generally caring in all their relationships. Tough call? It doesn’t have to be. Relationships Australia has an expanding program of courses especially for men. ‘Raising Girls for Dads’ is one example. ‘Communications Skills for Men’ is another. Please check their website at www.wa.relationships.com.au for more details about courses commencing in October 2009.
For phone enquiries ring 9489 6322.

Rock and Water Program
A 3-day training Workshop for School Administrators, Teachers, School Chaplains, Social Workers and Parents; from Monday 16th, to Wednesday 18th November 2009 at South Fremantle Senior High School, from 8.15am-5.00pm
Cost: $695 – (includes manual and fully catered).
Registration Form and Information from: www.edusolutions.com.au
Registration form – click here.
For their brochure – click here.
To read an article – click here.

West Australian Men’s Gathering, 2009
For details and registration form for the 14th Annual Men’s Gathering: ‘The Times they are a Changing’ from November 20 to 22, 2009, at Camp Simons, Araluen – click here.

Inquiry into the impact of violence on young Australians
The Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Youth and Minister for Sport, The Hon Kate Ellis MP, asked a Committee to inquire into and report on the impact of violence on young Australians.

Terms of Reference
• perceptions of violence and community safety among young Australians;
• links between illicit drug use, alcohol abuse and violence among young Australians;
• the relationship between bullying and violence on the wellbeing of young Australians;
• social and economic factors that contribute to violence by young Australians; and
• strategies to reduce violence and its impact among young Australians.

Closing Date: Friday, 23 October 2009

Please refer to the brochure preparing a submission: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/documnts/howsub.htm

Terms of reference – http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/fchy/youthviolence/tor.htm
Submissions – http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/fchy/youthviolence/subs.htm
Public hearings – http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/fchy/youthviolence/hearings.htm
Media releases – http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/fchy/youthviolence/media.htm
Report – http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/fchy/youthviolence/report.htm
Media alert – http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/fchy/youthviolence/media/media001.pdf

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
If you are the parent of a child with behavioural problems, you could be in for a rude shock.
Changes to the mental health act in South Australia come into force in 2010 and will give doctors; psychiatrists even police carte blanche to detain a child. WA has similar proposals that could see parents lose their rights to consent to psychiatric treatment for their children. If a child is involuntarily detained in SA under the new act, it could mean a parent’s consent is not needed for any treatment proposed by a psychiatrist. This treatment could include restraint, seclusion, reasonable force to administer treatment and electric shock. To read more: http://www.todaytonightadelaide.com.au/ and click on ‘Chemical kids’.

On the ABC’s ‘Life Matters’ program, Professor Tannock says ADHD needs to be seen as a learning problem, not a behavioural problem or a result of poor parenting, to hear the audio of this interview: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lifematters/stories/2009/2693372.htm

WA child ADHD drugging rates fall while adult rates rise
Whilst the overall trend is downwards for children, it is of concern that 972 children were prescribed amphetamines for the first time in 2008 with nearly half (477) of these being under 10 years of age. Hopefully the two multidisciplinary clinics to open in November, 2009 and early 2010 will reduce these numbers.
To read more from Martin Whitely, MLA – click here.

Senate inquiry into suicides
The Senate will hold an inquiry into suicide in Australia, following revelations that the country’s suicide prevention strategy is failing and the death toll over the past decade has been underestimated by up to 30 per cent in some states.
Community affairs references committee chairwoman, Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, said the inquiry would investigate the accuracy of suicide statistics, the effectiveness of the prevention strategy and the personal, social and financial costs of suicide. Emergency service response would also be examined, she said.
Submissions should be received by 20 November 2009.
For the terms of reference – click here.
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/clac_ctte/suicide/index.htm

Child Support Review
The Secretary of the Department of Human Services has commissioned an independent review to gain confidence that the design and implementation of current decision-making processes and quality assurance arrangements for Child Support are appropriate and represent better practice in the Australian Government context.
Stakeholders are encouraged to provide ideas, suggestions and feedback around ways that Child Support can improve. For more details and Terms of Reference – click here.
Feedback can be provided via DeliveringQualityOutcomes@csa.gov.au by 23 October 2009.

Shared care of children reviewed
Controversial Family Court requirements that it considers giving children equal time with both parents will be reviewed. Critics of the current law say it is creating a generation of “ping-pong” children who have to shuttle between both parents. To read more:
http://www.theage.com.au/national/shared-care-of-children-reviewed-20090713-disx.html

Shared parenting is under immense threat
Warwick Marsh of Dads4Kids Fatherhood Foundations says that: “The anti-child forces are very active in the media. We need to rally our friends at this time and support each other. If we do this many others within the movement will also get their articles printed in mainstream media like Online opinion”. To read the brief article – click here.

One man’s story . “The tide is beginning to turn. Our society has hit the wall and the wall is hard. Divorce is a very painful experience for all concerned. Our children often take decades to recover. Many men overcome with grief at losing their children through an anti-male family law system take their own lives in desperation.”  To read more – click here.

No equality in divorce
One in six mothers who fight their ex-husbands in court for custody of the children end up spending less than half the week with them.
In 1% of litigated cases, the mother was ordered to have no contact with the children, mostly because of mental illness but also due to abuse and family violence, relocation, and distance, transport or financial barriers.
To read The Sunday Telegraph article – click here.

The emasculated Vikings
Dads On The Air speaks with well known Swedish musician, human right’s activist and political Blogger, Joakim Ramstedt. He and his popular band Tequila Sunrise have released a new album, with many of the songs referring to the various elements that comprise the destructive international family justice system, which is doing so much harm to unsuspecting separating parents and their children around the globe.
Throughout history, people have found ways to separate children either from one or both of their parents and extended families. This phenomenon can be traced right back to medieval times.                             To read more – click here.

The Fourteen Percenter
A 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 worldwide. They welcome feedback, as well as any article, poem, or review relating to the child-parent bond…
To read their comprehensive newsletter – click here.

Venus: The Dark Side
This site is promoting a book as: “This book should be on the National Curriculum. If you are thinking about becoming a father, getting married, or have a son, then you owe it to yourself and future generations of men to read about and raise awareness of these types of women.” and “This book should be required reading for all young men today…”
http://www.venusthedarkside.com/

Violence not the greatest killer
Greg Andresen of Men’s Health Australia states that: “Jill Singer and Rob Hulls make a serious error when they claim that violence against women is the leading cause of death, disease and disability in women aged from 15 to 44. See: ‘Don’t take it lying down’, September 10”: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/dont-take-it-lying-down/story-e6frfhqf-1225771261498).
“The top five causes of death, disease and disability for females aged 15 to 44 are in fact anxiety and depression, migraine, type 2 diabetes, asthma and schizophrenia. Violence doesn’t even rate a mention.”
The key measure used to measure the total burden of disease and injury is ‘disability-adjusted life year’ (DALY). It describes the amount of time lost due to both fatal and non-fatal events, that is, years of life lost due to premature death coupled with years of ‘healthy’ life lost due to disability. These are the latest (2003) figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, as published on its website.

Domestic violence: Women abusers on the rise
There has been a startling increase in the number of women who are the perpetrators of domestic violence.
New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics figures show that over the past eight years, the number of women charged with domestic abuse has rocketed by 159 per cent.
In 2007, 2,336 women fronted court on domestic violence charges, compared to around 800 in 1999.
Preconceived ideas of gender roles have led a lot of people to believe it would be virtually impossible for a woman to physically abuse a man.
But co-director of Men’s Rights Agency Sue Price says it is exactly this stereotype that leads to battered men hiding in shame, fearful of being ridiculed, or even prosecuted.
To read more, including feedback from readers:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/06/22/2604559.htm?section=justin

Against child abuse
The emotive poem in this link has a very strong message against child abuse. However, it erroneously suggests that fathers inflict this abuse, whereas natural parents (mothers and fathers) inflict only 37% of the total number of cases of abuse. In addition, over 50% of physical abuse is inflicted by women.            To read the poem – 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.
To read the real facts – click here.

More mothers than fathers neglect kids
The number of West Australian mothers neglecting their children is almost three times as high as cases involving fathers, new data shows.
Statistics from the WA Department of Child Protection reveal 1,505 cases of substantiated child abuse were recorded in 2007-08, the West Australian reports.
Some 582 of those abuses were carried out by parents, with mothers accounting for 73 percent of cases while fathers were responsible for 27 percent.
http://www.iinet.net.au/customers/news/articles/866787.html

Fatherhood Books
Some great new fatherhood books and reports via the UK Fatherhood Institute.
To read more – click here.

Men’s Sheds
Recent publicity has seen a growing awareness of Men’s Sheds and increasing recognition of the potential benefits of men’s sheds to individual men, their families and their communities. Moreover, there is a growing acknowledgment that sheds are more than just places men go to do things but also that men’s sheds may offer health benefits to men who participate in them, with improvements mooted in the social and emotional wellbeing of men as a result of decreased social isolation, reduced boredom, improved sense of purpose and belonging and increased mental and physical activity. These benefits are as yet un-quantified and warrant formal and widespread exploration by academics and others with interests in this growing phenomenon.
Some readers reported problems downloading the 8mb Men’s Sheds Report featured in the last issue of this newsletter – if you were experiencing difficulty and would like to read the report click on this link for a 1.13mb versionhttp://sgrhs.unisa.edu.au/resources/DocCentre/Dnld_Pubs/R%26E/Mensheds-Health-Misan-Aug08.pdf

Gay men’s health and well-being survey
The Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre (MHIRC), at the University of Western Sydney, in partnership with the Australasian Men’s Health Forum (AMHF), and Men’s Health Services are conducting a survey into gay and bisexual men’s attitudes to health and wellbeing. They would like to invite participation in this survey, and are seeking support and assistance in informing them about this opportunity to contribute.
For more information – click here.

How do YOU measure up?
One in two Australian adults is overweight. Irrespective of your height or build, if your waistline is getting bigger it could mean you are at increased risk of chronic diseases like some cancers, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Order a tape measure and other campaign materials, and learn much more on: http://www.measureup.gov.au/internet/abhi/publishing.nsf

Casual work upsetting men’s health
Men who work in full-time casual jobs report significantly lower levels of mental health than those who are permanently employed. And it is less-educated men who are suffering from the shift to a service economy. To read this article from The Ageclick here.

Group membership – the key to good health
“There is growing evidence that being a member of a social group can significantly reduce the risk of conditions like stroke, dementia and even the common cold.”
To read more: http://www.virtualmedicalcentre.com/news.asp?artid=14150

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA
This link gives you a wide-ranging summary of articles on health collected from The West Australian, The Australian and ABC News Online.
Including: “A raft of studies in recent years has confirmed that the biological clock is ticking not only for prospective mothers but for fathers as well. And with the average age of first-time fathers in Australia reaching an all-time high of 33, the findings have never been more relevant…Children born to older fathers don’t perform as well on intelligence tests during infancy and early childhood, suggesting they may have a lower IQ…other links emerged in the 1990s between the offspring of older fathers and an increased risk of schizophrenia, autism and bipolar disorder in their kids…fathers over the age of 50 have four times the likelihood of having a child with Down syndrome.”
For much more – click here.

Alcohol and your children
Alcohol disrupts brain development. Teenagers who drink alcohol risk their brains not reaching full capacity, which means they might never reach their full potential as an adult. It’s that simple! Read more on: http://drinkwise.com.au/

ABC – Health matters
The history of HIV AIDS in Australia – For the first time in ten years HIV/AIDS infection rates have decreased in Australia. A panel discussion on the past, present and future of HIV in Australia.
http://abcmail.net.au/t/623086/605910/12548/0/

Sex, College and Science – Science has no room for gender and agendas – a science historian and top philosophers debate the making of modern science, beards, breasts and how we came to be called mammals! http://abcmail.net.au/t/623086/605910/903/0/

Bullying in a digital age – Stories of cyber-bullying are creating terrible headlines, but how do we identify and prevent bullying in a digital age? http://abcmail.net.au/t/623086/605910/12541/0/

Natural ways to help the prostate
As men enter their middle-aged years, they face their own set of health concerns, including male menopause and problems with the prostate gland — specifically, prostatitis (inflammation), benign hyperplasia (enlargement) and prostate cancer.
And, while many male patients find relief or treatment though conventional medical channels, more and more men are becoming interested in natural remedies and ways to help their prostate stay healthy and functioning.
http://www.examiner.com/x-13854-West-Palm-Beach-Health-and-Happiness-Examiner~y2009m7d15-Mens-Health-101-Natural-ways-to-help-the-prostate

9 Reproductive Problems You Can Prevent
When it comes to caring for some of our most critical equipment-the stuff we need to, you know, keep our species going – we’re virtually clueless. And that ain’t good, because a lot can happen to a man’s penis, testicles, and prostate: itchiness, infection, pain, bumps, sores, growths, rashes, burning, drooping, swelling, clogging, and, hell, cancer. If you’re not paying attention, you can wind up sick, sterile, or dead. With a little knowledge, though, you can cut much of the bad stuff off at the pass. Start here. These nine scenarios may make you wince, but at least you’ll know what to do if they happen to you. To read more: click here.

7 things your doctor is not telling you
With doctor’s offices busier than ever, you’re lucky if you get 20 minutes with your M.D. Which is why it’s not surprising that even when it comes to your most vital organ, the advice you receive can sound somewhat boilerplate: Exercise regularly, watch your diet, don’t smoke, and limit your drinking – right? But there’s more information lurking within your doctor’s language than you hear. To read more from ‘Men’s Health’ – click here.

WA Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies – WANADA
How to join the Reclaiming Your Life program
Links to new drug info resources on alcohol and other drugs and the workplace;
Information about a suicide prevention gatekeeper workshop;
An invitation to a special breakfast on medication for depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorders during lactation and pregnancy;
Plus much more, including training, media headlines and events.
To access their newsletter for 14 September – click here.
For the 21 September issue – click here.

Virtual Medical Centre
It is fair to say that we rely on our brains without really thinking too much about it. However, like other parts of the body it is important to look after our brains. Good nutrition and keeping the mind active are being shown to help reduce the chances of getting Alzheimer’s.
Virtual Medical Centre would also like to let you know about a fantastic competition they have for their members. To learn more – click here.

Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group Inc.
To read their September, 2009 newsletter – click here.

Indigenous students
Message from: Corrinne Franklin, Indigenous Student Support…
Do you know any Indigenous year 12 students wanting to go to University next year?
If they are interested in studying at Macquarie University and may not have the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank – formerly UAI) as required, then we may be able to offer them a place through our Alternative Entry Program.
The Warawara Alternative Entry Program is an equity initiative of Macquarie University aimed at increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation within bachelor level programs across all areas of study within the University. It is intended to give an opportunity to those Indigenous people who may not have completed a HSC or acquired a necessary
ATAR score for entry into their program of choice.
As part of the selection process applicants may be required to attend a two-day assessment workshop in which they will be given the opportunity to demonstrate that they possess the minimal essential skill and knowledge in order to successfully participate in their chosen course.
Email: corrinne.franklin@scmp.mq.edu.au Website: http://www.warawara.mq.edu.au/

Connect Groups
Support Groups Association WA Inc is the peak body for support groups across the state. They also act as a referral service (both online and over the phone) for people looking for support groups to address a specific issue. They tailor all their training and assistance to the individual needs of groups and individuals, and everything they offer is free of charge to their members (including membership itself!). To see their newsletter – click here.

Recycle – do your bit
Commencing in September, old household batteries (dry-cell) can be dropped off at any one of over 150 new battery recycling bins around Perth. This community initiative is the first of its kind in Australia and gives everyone the ability to recycle common household batteries at a range of convenient locations. More information on: http://www.zerowastewa.com.au/

Joke – maybe not?
For a giggle – click here.

 

What is MAN doing?
WA Suicide Prevention Strategy
MAN is preparing an Expression of Interest to the WA Department of Health to implement the WA Suicide Prevention Strategy 2009-2013.

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 currently being 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 website will be launched in October.

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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