The 2016 Men’s Health Business Breakfast was held on Wed 7 September at the stunning Ian McLachlan room at the Adelaide Oval to showcase the important research being undertaken by the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health.
Mr John Brogden AM, Chairman of Lifeline and Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, was our Guest Speaker who drew a crowd of more than 250 guests representing government, business and the research sector.
After a welcome by Research Fellow, Dr Luke Selth, donning his Crows scarf to remind the audience of what was to soon to take place on the oval behind him, Dr Roger Patron AM, Principal Patron of the Centre introduced Mr Brogden. John gave an honest, confronting and brave account of his history of depression and the factors leading to this, and his suicide attempt when he was at the lowest of lows in his life despite his political achievements. John talked about how he has used his experience to drive a strong agenda for Australia to become a nation where there is no suicide. John ‘baring it all’ talked about an “age of enlightenment” when it comes to eliminating stigma around mental health, particularly in men, and he reminded the crowd that as businessmen and researchers we all have a role to play in reaching our goals. The crowd were overwhelmingly moved by his address. Ms Phoebe Drioli-Phillips, Honours student with the FFCMH, had the honour of thanking John.
Chairman of the Freemasons Foundation, Mr Don Sarah AM closed the meeting, thanking the University of Adelaide for partnering with the Foundation to support men’s health research, and used an unscripted opportunity to call up some of the young scientists supported by the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health to give an overview of research (Dr Kate Fennell – rural mental health, Dr Camille Short – ehealth, Dr Nicole McPherson – male fertility, Dr Sean Martin – uroreproductive health, Dr Zeyad Nassar – prostate cancer).
The Centre would like to thank the following distinguished guests, businesses and organisations for their support by way of attending the Breakfast.
Kelly Vincent and the Office for Dignity for Disability, the Honourable David Ridgway MLC, the Honourable John Dawkins MLC, the Honourable Tony Piccolo MP, Member for Light, The Honorable Lord Mayor Martin Haese (City of Adelaide), Mayor Glenn Spear (City of Mitcham), Mayor Gary Johansen (City of Port Adelaide-Enfield), Mr William Spragg (Adelaide Hills), Mayor David O’Loughlin (City of Propect), and Mayor Lachlan Clyne (City of Unley), and from the University of Adelaide Professor Warren Bebbington (Vice Chancellor), Professor Mike Brooks (Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research) and Professor Alastair Burt (Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences), and Stephen Michalak, Grand Master of Freemasons SA/NT.
BDO, Pier Advisory, ABC, InDaily, Beston Pacific, Westfield, Woolworths, NEHCO Pty Ltd, AstraZeneca, Reece Plumbing, Start Pharmacy Group, BlueScope Steel, Festival Function Centre, Me Dale Crash Repairs, Price Screen Digital Printing, Defence Teaming Centre, AFL SportsReady, Group Training Australia (SA), EMA Legal, Adelaide Convention Bureau, The Lifestyle People, Zone High, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Flinders Partners, RAA, Fyfe Pty Ltd, Credit Union SA, Industry Leaders Fund, FinSec Partners, SA Power Networks, GPEx Excellence in Education & Training for General Practice, THOMSON GEER Lawyers, Australian Industry Group, WineWorks Australia, KeyInvest, PWC, Adelaide Hills Radio, Stillwell Management, Core Medical Solutions, HEGS Australia, Cartland Law, Adelaide 36ers, Grant Law Public Relations. Centra Wealth Group, Tolmar Australia, Uniting Communities, The South Australian Prostate Cancer Clinical Outcomes Collaborative, Freemasons Foundation, Freemasons SA/NT, The University of Adelaide, SAHMRI, SA Health.