Bunnings stores run regular Tradie Breakfasts to thank their Trade  customers for their business. Bunnings Munno Para West welcomed the opportunity for the Centre to partner with them on a breakfast with a difference in September.

Men were given a goodie bag that included healthy lifestyle information including the CSIRO total well-being diet for men book and were nudged towards the men’s health information brochures supplied by Healthy Male.

This is a relaxed and preferred way to get important health information to men. The banter between the blokes, from apprentices all the way up is enjoyable to listen to and while they rev each other up about the men’s health topics on display but there is also a seriousness to it and you can see how the conversations are easily started between them about their health.  Men slip brochures into their  bags as they walk off.

Thank you to Michelle Clare and Trade Specialist, Casey Jones at Bunnings Munno Para West who coordinated the event.

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The Centre congratulates Dr Adel Aref on being awarded his PhD and for receiving the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence.

Adel Aref MBBCh, ESMOc, SCMO (UK), PhD
Defining the role of lipids and metabolic factors as risk factors for prostate cancer incidence and aggressiveness.
Supervisors: Prof Lisa Butler, Dr Andrew Vincent, Dr Michael O’Callaghan, Dr Andrew Hoy, Professor Gary Wittert

Summary: For his PhD, Adel examined the effect of obesity and other metabolic factors like diabetes and hypertension on the diagnosis and presentation of prostate cancer.  Using databases from Australia and the USA, he pinpointed how obesity can lead to delay in prostate cancer diagnosis due to its effect on PSA levels (the tumor marker that is used for prostate cancer diagnosis) and has shown that adjusting PSA criteria for obesity and the presence of other metabolic comorbidities can lead to an improvement in the effectiveness of prostate cancer screening. He defined how obesity-related changes in the the ratio of sex-hormones at diagnosis may predict more aggressive cancer.

Impact:  The findings from Adel’s research will be applied to improve the efficacy of prostate cancer testing (screening) in general practice.

We wish Adel and his family all the best, and Adel for an exciting career ahead as he pursues a Post-doctoral research position overseas in clinical oncology.


  • Aref AT, Vincent AD, O’Callaghan ME, Martin SA, Sutherland PD, Hoy AJ, Butler LM, Wittert GA. The inverse relationship between prostate specific antigen (PSA) and obesity. Endocr Relat Cancer. 2018 Nov;25(11):933-941. doi: 10.1530/ERC-17-0438.  View abstract
  • Nassar ZD, Aref AT, Miladinovic D, Mah CY, Raj GV, Hoy AJ, Butler LM. Peri-prostatic adipose tissue: the metabolic microenvironment of prostate cancer. BJU Int. 2018 May;121 Suppl 3:9-21. doi: 10.1111/bju.14173. View abstract
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Since September 2019, 14 Young Blood podcasts have been produced and released by Callum MacPherson and Podbooth on Apple ITunes ( and other podcast platforms (Blubrry, Listen Notes, Google, Podtail, Sticher) and promoted via Facebook , Instagram and Twitter.

An industry set successful podcast is 100 – 500+ downloads per month (per episode), to annex it in Australian Apple Podcasts charts. By November, Young Blood has had an average of 400 total downloads per month, reaching the Australian Apple Podcast’s top 200 charts at number 61.

Facebook downloads for one of the latest episodes (Brock Bentley) released as a video podcast has already exceeded 1800 downloads through Facebook alone. The goal was to reach 1000+ downloads per month across all platforms to be in the top twenty in the Australian podcast charts in the mental health category.

Young Blood has been profiled in Great Australian Pods, has an average viewer rating of 4.9 out of 5 and was featured in an article from the peak body for men’s health in Australia, the Australian Men’s Health Forum in October 2019.  (  Feedback has confirmed the format has been well received.

There has been a ground swell of interest from men’s health and youth mental health stakeholder organisations, and young men from all walks of life wanting to share their stories as part of the successful peer-to-peer support format. Consequently, Callum has 26 video podcast episodes tentatively scheduled for production with Podbooth, pending funding.

See below for the latest listener’s review on the Apple podcast website

J. B. Thompson, 03/01/2020

Insightful, inspiring, entertaining

Callum is a brilliant young rising talent who everyone should be watching closely. He’s an effective journalist and his genuine passion for getting men and society at large to open up regarding mental health amongst the male population is inspiring.

Listening to Young Blood and hearing the struggling and subsequent triumphs of the guests through the lense of my own personal experiences has helped me navigate the world and it’s challenges. The show drives introspection amongst its listeners and will provide insight on how you can look out for all the men in your life and help them see the best in themselves and the light in world around us.

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The Centre congratulates the following students on their FFCMH Summer Vacation Scholarship award. Mr Hendrew Duvenage (MBBS, 5th Year, The University of Adelaide) Project: Relative contribution of novel predictors to the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in Australian men. Supervisor: Prof Gary Wittert, Dr Sean Martin, Dr Andrew Vincent Ms Ser Yee Ang (BPsychSc 3rd […]

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Congratulations to Dr Phillip Tully, NHMRC Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellow, on being awarded a Vanguard grant from the Heart Foundation. Patients with cardiovascular disease and comorbid depression are a group traditionally characterised by high healthcare usage, chronic disease morbidity, and premature death. Collaborative care is standard evidence-based practice in the USA and UK […]

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We are very pleased to welcome Mr Terry Hall to the FFCMH men’s health research volunteer team.  Terry is a University of Adelaide alumni and retired staff member. Terry worked as a Senior IT Training Officer, in the Technology & Digital Enablement Group of the University’s Information Technology & Digital Services for 15 years.  He […]

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Reported in the journal Oncogene in 2013, Professor Lisa Butler (pictured left) and collaborators, including the Centre’s Professor Wayne Tilley and senior author, Professor Karen Knudsen from the Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University in USA. inhibition of the cyclin/cyclin-dependent kinase/retinoblastoma (CDK4/6) pathway that is critical for cell replication may have a role in controlling some […]

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The Hon Tony Piccolo MP (Member for Light) has been a passionate and committed member of the Board of Patrons of the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health since the Centre’s inception.  Tony recently spoke about the Centre and the organisations in his community working to advance men’s health and wellbeing at the SA Men’s […]

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The Centre congratulates Dr Kootsy Canuto, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit at SAHMRI, on being awarding an Emerging Leadership Investigator Grant in the recently announced National Health and Medical Research Council funding announcements.  His 5 year award of $650,750 is titled “Enough talk, time for action: Developing, implementing and evaluating co-designed […]

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Dr Phillip Tully is a Psychologist and a post-doctoral Research Fellow in the FFCMH leading the Vascular and Brain Health research group. He is funded by a TRIP (translating research into practice) Fellowship from the Commonwealth Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council. Phillip’s clinical and research interests focus on two of the three leading causes of disease burden […]

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