Our Purpose/Vision

To improve the health, relationships and wellbeing of men and boys in NSW.  By relationships we mean men and boys’ relationships to others i.e. mates, friends, partners and families.


  • provide Community Service Organisations, service providers, government workers and private sector colleagues working with men & boys, an opportunity to network, share information and resources
  • encourage collaboration between service providers and stakeholders on initiatives targeted at men and boys’ health, relationships and wellbeing
  • build cross sector support for men and boys’ health, relationships and wellbeing programs
  • align our work with the six priority areas for action outlined in the National Male Health Policy 2010
  • work towards the establishment of an Office of Men’s Policy at the NSW state level
  • increase the profile of men and boys’ health, relationships and wellbeing in the community
  • provide programs for men and boys within a social determinants of health approach
  • promote a strengths-based approach to working with men and boys’
  • offer encouragement, collaboration and training opportunities to those working to improve the health, wellbeing and relationships of men and boys’ in NSW
  • embrace diversity in working with men and boys’ from all backgrounds, cultures and sexualities. The diversity of men and boys’ in NSW is valued and should be reflected in approaches to program development, service delivery and support.
  • advocate for these principles in media, government, private sector and community contexts




  1. To value the experience and ideas of men and boys’ and provide opportunities that encourage their involvement in developing more accessible and male friendly health, welfare, legal and education systems.
  2. To foster MHFNSW working groups on specific issues as required.
  3. To work towards a better understanding of the impact of gender on health and wellness.


  1. Establish one major men’s health, relationships and wellbeing state wide training event in 2012
  2. Provide regular men’s health educational sessions for those working to improve male health and relationships in NSW
  3. Support increased cancer awareness strategies targeting men around early detection and intervention
  4. Hold community consultative meetings as required to identify specific needs, issues and responses relating to men’s health, relationships and wellbeing



Greg Millan, Director Men’s Health Services

0417 772 390


Greg Millan is one of Australia’s leading experts on men’s health and wellbeing with over 23 years experience in the men’s health promotion area. He has developed and implemented many health programs, professional training sessions, and community events and developed resources covering a wide range of male health and wellbeing issues.  Greg is a social work trained health educator with 31 years of experience in working for Government, non-government organisations and the private sector. He is currently involved in various men’s health & wellbeing projects and is the author of “Men’s health & wellbeing: an a – z guide”.


Dr. Roderick Bain RAN (Rtd)
VVFHS Consultative Forum Member


In 2008 Rod was appointed NSW RSL Vice President Southern Country  a position he continues to hold. With his professional background he holds several State (RSL) and National (RSL) appointments and is a past (2006) Board Member of several Aged Care facilities on the Central Coast. In addition the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has appointed Rod to a number of its National Committees. Rod is the NSW RSL Vice President Southern Country, RSL National’s Medical Advisor on National Health and Aged Care Forum. Dept. Veteran’s Affairs: Men’s Health Peer Education, Operation Life Program Committee for suicide prevention. Rod also belongs to the Vietnam Vet. Assoc. of Aust. and the Naval Association of Aust. He is the Medical Advisor to the Aust. Veterans and Defence Services Council (AVADSC) as well as the National Naval Assoc. Representative on that Committee. Sydney


Andrew King


Andrew King is a consultant trainer and program developer in group work, working with men and strengths based practice. He is the Deputy-Chairperson for the Institute of Group Leaders and a specialist trainer in group work and trains professionals throughout Australia and Canada in ‘working with men’. He is also an experienced practitioner and has published a range of professional articles.

Andrew’s work career has involved working with teenagers who have drug and alcohol problems, young people with a mental health issues, parenting education, coordinating a large fathers’ centre and managing training for professionals interested in group work or working with men.


Andrew Whale

Clinical Nurse Consultant, Primary and Community Health Nursing

Area Men’s Health Co-Ordinator Primary and Community Health (P&CH)  Clinical Development


Andrew Whale is a registered nurse, working as a Clinical Nurse Consultant for Primary and Community Health Nursing within the Western NSW Local Health District (LHD), located at Mudgee. In late 2010 Andrew was appointed as the local men’s health coordinator for his region. Andrew has been working in the Western NSW Local Health District (formally Greater Western Area Health Service) for many years and has been strong advocate and promoter of men’s health services with the local regions. Andrew brings a wealth of men’s health experience and has been involved in a range of areas, including planning/policy development right through to providing direct clinical care for local men. Mudgee


David Thompson

Media and Communications Officer, Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre

University of Western Sydney


David Thompson currently leads marketing and communications for The Men’s Health Information & Resource Centre based in the School of Health and Science at the University of Western Sydney.  In his current role, he is charged with planning, execution and implementation of projects that bring men’s health into the public sphere for clients including the NSW Ministry of Health, Council OnThe Ageing and the Department of Health and Ageing. David’s current projects include management of Men’s Health Week in Australia, development of MENGAGE, a new male health clearinghouse in New South Wales and a suite of other men’s health products due for delivery in 2012 and 2013. David has over ten years’ experience in  marketing and communications management, bringing together a unique set of technical and managerial skills in digital and traditional media, project management, social media and web development that consistently deliver improved visibility for client organisations.


Melissa Abu-Gazaleh

Managing Director Top Blokes Foundation

PO Box 1363 Wollongong, NSW 2500


In her role as Managing Director Top Blokes Foundation, Melissa manages the day to day activities of the organisation which includes recruitment and

management of the volunteer team, attracting funding and sponsorship, campaign strategies and implementations, business development and following the strategic plan endorsed by the board of directors. She also workers as a Caseworker for Children’s Contact Service – Catholiccare and in the past was the Youth Development Worker for Port Kembla Youth Project


Ken Zulumovski

Chair, Gamarada Indigenous Healing & Life Training Ltd. Redfern

Lecturer Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health and Community Medicine,

Muru Marri – Indigenous Health Unit UNSW


Ken Zulumovski is a descendant of the Kabi Kabi nation. He is a graduate of the Djurawang Health Sciences (Mental Health) program at Charles Sturt University. He is a lecturer at the Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit of the UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine. In this role he is investigating strengths in social and emotional well-being programs for Indigenous youth, in a FaHCSIA-funded project involving UNSW and James Cook University QLD.  Consultant and Leading Program facilitator at Gamarada Indigenous Universal Resources Ltd. Chair at Gamarada Indigenous Healing and Life Training Ltd. based in Redfern NSW.


Kim Hopkins

Community Development Worker Central Coast Shed Cluster Inc. & Men’s Shed Access Coordinator.


Kim is the Men’s Shed Access Coordinator, a project focused on socially isolated males and men with disabilities. He has had a range of roles in Men’s work including, tutor for socially challenged boys, mentor at local schools, facilitator of a number of men’s groups and has been an active committee member of three different men’s interagencies in the Blue Mountains, Hunter and currently the Central Coast. Kim was an active participant on the Central Committee for Older Men:New Ideas (OMNI) and supported the Older Mens Network Inc. Central Coast


David Hughes

Clinical Nurse Specialist – Men’s Health, Northern NSW Local Health District


Clinical Nurse Specialist Men’s Health, Prostate Cancer Support Nurse, Northern NSW Local Health District. David completed the Latrobe Uni course in Prostate Cancer Support Nursing and has been active at the Alstonville PCa Support group for about five years. He has been involved in the field of men’s health for about 10 years and has written courses, both group facilitated sessions and at tertiary level (the College of Nursing) regarding fatherhood and general men’s health. He facilitates weekly “New Dads Classes” at Bangalow Community Health Centre and teachs other health professionals how to better engage men in health settings and spend lots of time supporting policy development at health service and Government levels.

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