Australia – MAN Newsletter #91 25 November 2009

Sorry the News Letter has not copied well – I will ask MAN to give me a LINK asap – Onward – Together – Jim

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.

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 In this issue.
New Campaign to Help Abused Men Launched
Do We Ignore Violence Against Men?
Threats To The Family
Call To Stop Demonising Men And Boys
Claims Of Sex Abuse By Women Grow
Family Law, Marriage And Men
Behind the Black Robes
Tell Us Your Story – To Deliver to the Attorney General & Journalists
Mum Blocked From Being with Net Lover
Australia’s Unconstitutional, Killer Family Court Exposed
Child Makes Father of Man
This Is Your Brain Without Dad
It’s Too Easy To Blame Dads
Postnatal Depression and Dads Project
Where Have South Australia’s Male Teachers Gone?
Plan To Ban Bed-Hopping Blokes Backfires
SA Deputy Premier Reveals Battle With Depression
Fend Off The Blues With A Mediterranean Diet
Is It Really Food?
ABC Health
Move it or lose your retirement dreams
Fertility quiz
FACT BUSTER: Can you exercise too much?
Can you die from a ‘broken heart’ when someone you love dies?
Sleepiness kills young driving skills
The Male Fertility Myth
Alcohol ‘protects men’s hearts’?
Boffins find link between common sexual infection, prostate cancer risk
Men’s Group (The Movie) DVD Available NOW!
EMALE November 09
Babana News October 09
Mister October 2009
Why Men Don’t Write Advice Columns
What is MAN doing?
Board of Management
Clinical Senate: Men’s Health
2010 Seminar
2011 National Conferences
Email Network
Mental Health and Men’s Sheds
Intimate Partner Abuse of Men
Aboriginal Men’s Health
Feedback: New Campaign to Help Abused Men Launched
Did you know that…Up to one in three victims of sexual assault is male? At least one in three victims of family violence is male? 435,000 Australian men have experienced violence from a current or previous partner
Click Here for the media release for this campaign that was launched on International Men’s Day on 19 November.
To find out more about the campaign go to: http://oneinthree.com.au

Do We Ignore Violence Against Men?
Dad’s On The Air Article
A call for fairness and accuracy in media reporting during White Ribbon Day This annual spotlight on violence against women, while extremely worthy, is ineffective at reducing violence because it emphasizes gender as the primary explanation for violence while ignoring or downplaying a significant body of evidence indicating that other factors are most likely involved.
http://www.dadsontheair.net/doweignoreviolenceagainstmen/

Threats To The Family
DAD’s On The AIR interview
Dr Elizabeth Celi, well known Psychologist and social commentator who in the course of her work in mental health has encountered examples of domestic abuse which are sometimes too subtle to affect our sensibility. Elizabeth discusses recent television advertisements that would cause immediate offence if a female character were to be substituted for the male character in the script. We also talk about communication strategies and ways that can improve relationships and mental health.
http://www.dadsontheair.net/shows/threats-to-the-family.html

Call To Stop Demonising Men And Boys
The NSW Government has confirmed making substantial errors in its current Discussion paper on NSW Domestic and Family Violence Strategy. “it concerns us greatly that the Government’s paper also demonised young boys by inferring that only boys who are exposed to domestic and family violence are more likely to perpetrate it as adults. When you read the research, it shows that all children exposed to violence risk suffering mental health, behavioural and learning difficulties in the short term, and perpetrating violence as adults in the long term.” Click Here for the media release from Men’s Health Australia

Claims Of Sex Abuse By Women Grow
Childline’s report did not claim that sexual abuse by women was on the rise.
It instead suggested that, as more boys were tending to call its helpline, more cases were being reported.
Sue Minto, head of Childline, said: “Most sex abuse calls to Childline come from girls saying they were assaulted by a male. “But a growing number of callers now say they were sexually abused by a female. This may be partly because more boys are calling us than previously. “Many would find it shocking that any woman – let alone a mother – can sexually assault a child. But they do.”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8347589.stm

Family Law, Marriage And Men
DAD’s On The AIR interview
Sue Price
This week we present an extensive discussion with Sue Price of the Men’s Rights Agency, on the topic of the proposed roll back of Australian Shared Parenting laws. These laws which are only three years old and which presented a tiny glimmer of hope for the nations’ children to continue to maintain regular contact with both parents, following their parents’ separation, are now again under threat by a Labor Government.
http://www.mensrights.com.au/
http://www.dadsontheair.net/shows/family-law-marriage-and-men.html

Behind the Black Robes
DAD’s On The AIR interview
Barbara C. Johnson
Lawyer and author Barbara C. Johnson latest book “Behind the Black Robes: Failed Justice” has just become available. This book addresses a serious problem, the need for court reform and the abolishment of judicial and quasi-judicial immunity.
http://www.dadsontheair.net/shows/behind-the-black-robes.html

Tell Us Your Story – To Deliver to the Attorney General & Journalists
Have the old “sole custody” family laws betrayed you and your kids? Have the new “shared care” laws helped you and your kids? If so, WE NEED YOUR STORY!
All stories will be packaged and delivered to the federal Attorney General as a reminder that children need their father’s too! These stories will also be made available to journalists who have shown an interest in writing about the forgotten victims of family law, namely the children, fathers, second wives, second family children, grandparents and extended family. Submit your story to us ASAP. Help us tell them the truth! Contact Ash Patil
http://www.fathers4equality-australia.org
email: president@fathers4equality-australia.org

Mum Blocked From Being with Net Lover
The decision is a win for fathers who say that old custody laws too often
enabled mothers to relocate after divorce, rupturing relationships between
children and their dads. Two academic studies have shown that relocation
has become more difficult under the shared parenting laws introduced by the
Howard government in 2006.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26274714-5013404,00.html

Australia’s Unconstitutional, Killer Family Court Exposed
A prominent Australian constitutional and civil rights lawyer has reported something that 18,000 Australian families find out first hand every week – Australia’s family courts have been operating unconstitutionally and illegally for at least 3 years and possibly for decades.
http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cc/pg/news/view/767

Child Makes Father of Man How Parenthood Turns Males into All-Round Good Blokes
Becoming a father has a positive affect on men’s health with 74 per cent of new dads saying the birth of a son or daughter motivated them to shape up to be there for their child’s future.
New fathers reported eating more healthily (35 per cent), exercising more (32 per cent), and cutting back on the booze (19 per cent) after the birth of their child.
Click here for the article from the Melbourne Herald Sun

This Is Your Brain Without Dad
Conventional wisdom holds that two parents are better than one. Scientists are now finding that growing up without a father actually changes the way your brain develops.
“It just shows that parents are leaving footprints on the brain of their kids,” says Dr. Braun,
It remains an “open verdict” whether single parenthood causes these bad outcomes, or is merely associated with them, says Dr. Chapple.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704754804574491811861197926.html

It’s Too Easy To Blame Dads
Overhauling the way we deal with parenting, with divorce, with separated families would have significant effects on the lives of so many families. It might cost millions, but what it would save in emotional terms is priceless. More than a third of children lose touch with their father after their parents separate. But what makes keeping in touch so difficult?
http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/families/article6919217.ece

Postnatal Depression and Dads Project
The Postnatal Depression and Dads Forum will invite contributions from professionals across all areas involved with families experiencing PND.
In order to launch the Forum we would like to have some content to start the discussion off.
We need your professional knowledge:
? What measures are you finding useful in screening fathers for depression or anxiety?
? Do you have a successful referral processes for new fathers?
? What resource materials do you find useful?
? How do you evaluate your programs for fathers?
Please email your contributions to Richard Fletcher for posting onto the Forum so that there will be some material there before it is widely advertised.
Contact Richard Fletcher 02 49216401 richard.fletcher@newcastle.edu.au

Where Have South Australia’s Male Teachers Gone?
Educators and academics are concerned the continuing decline of men in the profession will impact on children’s personal development during their formative years, leaving students without male role models.
South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre figures for 2009 show there are 152 males (or 19 per cent) and 650 females enrolled in teaching courses.
This compares to a ratio of one male to four females only three years ago. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show there are 1923 more female teachers in SA than 10 years ago, compared with 138 fewer males.
http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,26290562-2682,00.html

Plan To Ban Bed-Hopping Blokes Backfires
One woman’s hope of starting an all-female travel company has been shattered, after it was ruled her submission pigeonholed men as only going on holiday to “bed hop and booze”.
Victorian woman Erin Maitland applied to have her proposed business Travel Sisters exempted under the Equal Opportunity Act, arguing that women would feel safer and more comfortable travelling in a same-sex group.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/18/2746314.htm

SA Deputy Premier Reveals Battle With Depression
South Australia’s Deputy Premier and Treasurer Kevin Foley today revealed that he has suffered depression for the past three years.
In a media conference Mr Foley gave details of his illness, saying that while he’s still on medication and receiving treatment it doesn’t interfere with his ability to do his job.
He says he decided to reveal his secret after attacks from the Opposition on his behaviour.
The chairman of the Beyond Blue depression group Jeff Kennett says he’s encouraged that such a high profile person has acknowledged his condition, paving the way for others to come forward for treatment.
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2009/s2732216.htm?health

Fend Off The Blues With A Mediterranean Diet
Beating the blues may be as simple as switching to a Mediterranean-style diet rich in olive oil, vegetables, nuts and fish.
Research by Spanish scientists has found that such a diet can significantly reduce the risk of depression, as well as help ward off cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/lifestyle/a/-/food/6176393/fend-off-the-blues-with-a-mediterranean-diet/

Is It Really Food?
Julian Krieg, of Wheatbelt Men’s Health comments; I guess you have all heard these things before, and we question what we can do. In my opinion the solution is simple, stick to the basics, at least 90% of all our food should be as close as possible to just picked or slaughtered, in other words fresh meat, fish or vegetables, fruit and dairy products.
Click Here for the article.

ABC Health
Move it or lose your retirement dreams
Staying active into your 70s, 80s and even 90s, is not only possible but vital to optimising quality of life, a growing body of evidence shows.
If you’re hanging out until your late 60s to fulfil your retirement dreams, here’s a sobering thought. Around 65 many of us start to experience a marked decline in our health.
Recent research has pinpointed a ‘double whammy’ that strikes our muscles around this time. Not only do we become less efficient at making muscle from the protein we eat, but the breakdown of muscle between meals is increased as well, say the researchers whose work was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
http://www.abc.net.au/health/thepulse/stories/2009/10/29/2727295.htm

Fertility quiz
How much do you know about what’s going on down below? Take our quiz and get the facts.
http://www.abc.net.au/health/quizzestools/quizzes/2007/11/08/2079048.htm

FACT BUSTER: Can you exercise too much?
If a little exercise is good, does that mean the more you do the better? Or can you exercise too much?
http://abcmail.net.au/t/703208/605910/13739/0/

Can you die from a ‘broken heart’ when someone you love dies?
We’ve all heard stories of elderly couples dying within weeks of each other. Family members often attribute the second death to that person’s intense grief at the loss of their loved one, and say they died of a broken heart. But can you really die from a broken heart?
http://www.abc.net.au/health/talkinghealth/factbuster/stories/2009/10/22/2721045.htm

Sleepiness kills young driving skills
It seems counterintuitive that younger drivers with sharp reflexes and keen vision should be so much worse on the roads at night than older more experienced drivers. So what sets them apart? Sleepiness affects their ability to anticipate traffic hazards, say researchers from the University of Queensland.
http://www.abc.net.au/health/thepulse/stories/2009/11/12/2738826.htm

The Male Fertility Myth
It’s not just women for whom the biological clock ticks, writes Dr Sam Tormey.
The evidence about what happens to male fertility with age doesn’t seem to be budging society’s conception that fertility is women’s business. Yes, the notorious biological clock – that unasked-for accessory, accused of keeping women awake at night – is not to be found on a fella’s bedside table, or so it would seem. Who needs to listen to that pesky ticking when you have an impregnation apparatus that can be deployed at any time, with little more than a moment’s notice, from puberty to the grave, or thereabouts? We love stories that reinforce this idea of enduring male fertility. Smug, relaxed older men can sort out their career, finances, take their fill of leisure activities then impregnate a younger, more energetic woman.
Click Here for the article.

Alcohol ‘protects men’s hearts’?
Drinking alcohol every day cuts the risk of heart disease in men by more than a third, a major study suggests.
The Spanish research involving more than 15,500 men and 26,000 women found large quantities of alcohol could be even more beneficial for men.
Female drinkers did not benefit to the same extent, the study in Heart found.
http://www.modernghana.com/news/250148/1/alcohol-protects-mens-hearts.html

Boffins find link between common sexual infection, prostate cancer risk
The results showed that Trichomonas vaginalis infection was associated with a more than two-fold increase in the risk of prostate cancer that was advanced stage at diagnosis, and a nearly three-fold increase in prostate cancer that would result in death.
http://blog.taragana.com/health/2009/09/10/boffins-find-link-between-common-sexual-infection-prostate-cancer-risk-11646/

Men’s Group (The Movie) DVD Available NOW!
http://www.titanview.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=40&Itemid=56

EMALE November 09
Click for this men’s health and wellbeing newsletter.

Babana News October 09
To read the newsletter of the Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group (NSW) Click Here

Mister October 2009
Click Here for the NSW men’s information sheet

Why Men Don’t Write Advice Columns
Click Here to be amused


What is MAN doing?

Board of Management
At the AGM held on 22 October the following were elected to the MAN Board.
President Julian Krieg, Wheatbelt Men’s Health
Vice-President Dean Dyer, The Mankind Project
Secretary Chaz McVeig, MensTime
Treasurer Peter Strachan, Strachan Corporate Pty Ltd
Board Member Bill Johnstone, Fremanshed
Board Member Andrew Markovs, Men’s Resource Centre Albany
Board Member Roger Turvey, Derbarl Yerrigan Health Services
Board Member Gary Segal, Dads in the Early Years, Meerilinga

Clinical Senate: Men’s Health
Julian Krieg, MAN President gave a presentation to the WA Department of Health Clinical Senate and Gary Bryant, MAN Executive Officer was an expert witness at the November session devoted to men’s health.

2010 Seminar
MAN is planning a seminar in 2010 on the impact of men’s health on the profitability of businesses and the effectiveness of government and non-government organisations.

2011 National Conferences
MAN will host the 2011 national men’s health gathering, which will constitute:
• 9th National Men’s Health Conference
• 6th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Male Health Convention
• 5th National Men & Family Relationships Forum

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 has now been launched: http://www.menswebb.org.au/public_html/index.php

 

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 and cost $35. For copies contact the shed on 9336-3959 or freowill@bigpond.com

 

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 were conducted as the first stage. A survey of the staff of service providers has also been undertaken. The data is being analysed and the report should be available in April 2010.

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.

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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