Men’s Health Week – June 12-19 2017

No better way to kick off National Men’s Health Week 2017 (MHW17) than with a public holiday – happy birthday and thank you Your Royal Highness. But seriously, it was a busy week for the Centre with press releases and members presenting at events promoting men’s health, and in doing all, promoting the important research that we do.

Prostate cancer research findings receive attention and profiled in the media
Key research published in a leading cancer journal, Cancer Research, by Dr Steve Paltoglou & Dr Luke Selth et al from the Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories, was profiled in the media following a press release for MHW17 by the University of Adelaide. The significance of the research was also highlighted in Nature Reviews Urology.

Council on the Ageing (COTA): Wed 14 June
IMG_1515COTA offered health checks and a men’s health information morning at their Hutt St premises for MHW17. This was followed by a seminar for an audience of ~60 on a variety of topics of relevance to men.  From the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health, Marg McGee presented on men and health services (“Talk the Talk”) and Dr Sarah Appleton (left photo) presented on sleep health: (“Waking up to the Problem”).  Also presenting was Dr Ian Zajac from the CSIRO, and FFCMH collaborator.  In keeping with the MHW17 theme healthy body, healthy mind: keeping the balance, Ian spoke about “positive mind, happy life”. In his talk presented the results of FFCMH student member Clare McGuiness’s PhD work on health behaviours.

Public banner on North Terrace at the home of the Centre
Each year, the Centre proudly displays a men’s health week banner on the fence of the Freemasons Building on North Terrace, promoting the world class research being undertaken at the Centre to passer byes.  The Grand Master of Freemasons SA/NT, Stephen Michalak kindly provided a dispensation to allow brethren to have a public appearance in Regalia so that they could join some members of the Centre on the steps of the Freemasons building for a photograph opportunity.  It was a perfect week to celebrate the 10 year research partnership between the University of Adelaide and the Freemasons Foundation advancing the health and well being of men.

Northern Men’s Wellbeing Network MHW17 event   Thurs 15 June
Director of the Centre, Professor Gary Wittert, was the guest speaker at the Northern Men’s Well-being Network event held at the Playford Uniting Church and attended by 40 + participants.  His talk on men and engagement with health services was well received and encouraged a lengthy question time and general discussion.  Later Network Coordinator John Goodger described Prof Wittert as “the sort of bloke you could be engaged by all day, a truly excellent delivery of great information.”

IMG_1522Tony Piccolo MP and FFCMH Patron also used the event to launch his Socks, Jocks & More campaign.  Read more here
The Light Electorate office is the primary collection point for donations – 148 Murray St Gawler.  All donated goods , at this stage, will be provided to Uniting Care Gawler for distribution to men in need. For more information contact Joel Wemmer, Electorate Officer, Ph.8522 2878.


mensHealth Register launch
The Centre chose National Men’s Health Week to launch the mensHealth Register, an important resource to support men’s health research. Read more here or go to the mensHealth Register website for more information and to register

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