priorities for action

ISSUE / AREA SUGGESTED ACTION/S TO BE TAKEN
Alcohol and drugs Look at strategies to prevent risky drinking like DVA “Changing the Mix” program and 12 step programs
Boy to manhood | youth transition Develop mentoring programs e.g. Pathways to Manhood – broaden this to schools, all years. Bring all services in this area together – perhaps a MHFNSW Seminar on this topic
Chronic health conditions & disability Scope the extent of problem by gathering statistics; identify and explore support services available
Cultural background, impact of.. Need to have a more diverse range of images of men in our work/programs/services
Education Need to conduct a media campaign on men’s health & wellbeing. Promotion targeted to different age groups on surviving and thriving themeCultural values and lifeskills | Use key relationships in men’s health as a point of reference
GP Surgeries – accessible and male friendly Need a cultural shift in health promotion targetting GPs around how to more effectively provide for men.Possible Partners: GPS4Men, RACGP, AMA
Incontinence | Bladder & bowel health MHFNSW to collaborate with NSW Peak Bodies in these health areas.
Men transitioning out of jobs, retirement Offer retirement seminars and promote retirement services in safe men friendly meeting arenas; mates groups to socialise
Men’s mental health Encourage services to be more holistic in approach to men; encourage collaborative approach between services. Invite representation form NSW Govt and NSW Health  to MHFNSW
Obesity – men and boys Action and access to programs that promote physical exercise like “Life Be In It”
Older men Older men who don’t use sheds need support programs for themRetirement transition programs
Outreach to rural and remote communities Encourage collaborate work between services like DVA, Men’s Sheds, Local District Health Services and local media to increase the profile of existing services | advocate of funding to increase men and boys access to services. Encourge GP education on male health issues.
Primary care | Home care
  1. Describe the parameters of a healthy male and support the National Longitudinal Study on Male Health
  2. MHFNSW needs to be the voice for State level advocacy and inclusion of gendered language in Govt. Organisational planning
  3. Distribute Fact Sheets and information
Promote and raise awareness of existing services Use existing assets e.g. Mensline data base to provide service providers with knowledge of existing resources for men and boys
Refugees & new migrants Need to talk to Refugee Health Services/STARX to discuss male friendly service delivery
Respectful Relationships More research needed on male victims of DV/Intimate Partner Violence. More training needed for workers on men as victims and women as perpetrators.
Spirituality This is a very important component in men’s recovery. Create programs that make it safe for men to talk about their spiritual practices and ideas.
Suicide Prevention Provide awareness to service providers and stakeholders on the many factors that lead to the increased number of men suiciding in Australia. Review existing resources on suicide to see if they are male friendly.Look at “suicide in care” issues. Applied Intervention Strategies
Training for service providers Provide more professional training programs for broad range of service providers in how to more effectively work with men | who to work with men in family relationships | other specific training areas
Young men More programs that look at role models for young men or young men as role models for peers. Peer support | mentoring from older men
MHFNSW | Advocacy MHFNSW to be the voice to advocate for change; raise awareness of issues and “be a voice” to Governments at all levels.Access local MPs and Ministers and Equal Rights and Human Rights Commission
MHFNSW | Raise community awareness Create a Communications Plan and implement to raise awareness of the role of MHFNSW
MHFNSW | Relationship Building
  1. Build relationships with corporate organisations and conduct workshops for staff
  2. Document the evolution of strategies to improve the health and wellbeing of men and boys in NSW
  3. Advocate for father inclusive practice as a central focus for cooperative parenting in NSW
  4. In corporate, Govt., and NGO Conference events promote the expression of male relationships as a key to community health by using a strengths based framework
MHFNSW |Develop a Men’s Health Media Strategy Indentify key issue spokespersons contact list. Develop a Media Strategy that includes  producing a Men’s Health Media Kit and training for the media in how to present men’s health, wellbeing and relationship issues in a positive light
MHFNSW |Linking to other peak bodies MHFNSW needs to link to other peak bodies in areas of health, wellbeing, relationships, men’s networks
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