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The 7th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander male health convention

Posted on: 2 April, 2014
Issue: Vol 14 No 2, April 2014 - June 2014
Related to Cultural ways Social and emotional wellbeing Men Services Social determinants

The 7th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander male health convention was included in the national men’s health gathering 2013, held 22-25 October at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The gathering incorporated the 10th National men’s health conference, the Men and vulnerable families forum and the 7th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander male health convention. The three men’s health conferences were brought together under the auspices of the Australasian Men’s Health Forum Inc. (AMHF). The AMHF is the peak body in Australia implementing a social approach to male health. The theme of the gathering was Blazing a trail: to healthier men and communities.

The 7th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander male health convention provided an opportunity to explore the status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island male health and how to work towards addressing health issues. In particular, it allowed delegates to examine the process of ‘closing the gap’ in the life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males and therefore develop structures and strategies to influences policy makers to provide the necessary resources to improve their health and wellbeing.

Themes for the 2013 convention were:

  • Aboriginal male health (physical wellness, chronic disease programs, social determinants)
  • What do we require to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males to overcome the determinants of health that are affecting their wellbeing?
  • Aboriginal culture (spiritual and cultural wellbeing-healing)
  • How do we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males to take up their positions as leaders and embrace their cultural and spiritual wellbeing?
  • Workforce issues (Aboriginal male health workforce training and development)
  • How do we assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males overcome their disadvantage and to gain the confidence to improve their level of education and become  essential players in the workforce
  • Male places/men’s sheds
  • How do we inform government of the specific needs of male places and what it stands for within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities?
  • Service delivery (male health services)
  • How do we encourage the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to access available health services?
  • How do we advise health services to improve their delivery services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males?
  • Social and emotional (mental health, suicide, depression)
  • What approaches should we adopt to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males to improve their physical, social, emotional and cultural wellbeing?
  • Family relationships (being a father/leader)
  • How do we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males to take up their positions as leaders, teachers and caring for their families?

The Chair of the convention was Dr Mick Adams (Vice-President, AMHF).

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