The Regional Men’s Health Initiative is a Royalties for Regions funded project aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of men in rural Western Australia.
It was first developed in 2002, by the Central Wheatbelt Divison of General Practice that wanted to address the risk of suicide in regional men. From this Wheatbelt Men’s Health (Inc.) evolved.
In 2010 the Minister for Regional Development and Lands identified us as an outstanding organisation in the field of men’s health, and through Royalties for Regions a 3 year funding agreement was entered into on the condition that the program expand its territory to the whole of rural and regional WA. And so was born the banner of The Regional Men’s Health Initiative delivered by Wheatbelt Men’s Health (Inc.).
The community educators are more commonly based in their vehicles and are regularly seen driving their highly identifiable utes to and from regional events. There is, however, an office building located on the site of Department of Agriculture and Food WA in Northam which keeps track of their whereabouts.