Entries in Rural Males (8)


Living Outback (new radio series on PBA FM and live streaming)

Rural and remote communities are at the centre of the mythology and cultural ethos of Australia. Most of us have indulged nostalgic and sentimental thoughts of the outback and life in the bush – helped along perhaps by a film we’ve seen. But the reality of life for many people in rural and remote Australia is quite another story – and one that needs to be told. The fifteen programs in the Living Outback series will draw out the reality of life in rural and remote communities, in order to highlight their needs and struggles, but as well their successes and dogged determination to somehow shape a new way forward – a new future for themselves. 

Dr John Ashfield, Project Consultant


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Health tips for Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) workers

Assoc. Prof. Gary Misan, Ms Chloe Oesterbroek, Centre for Rural Health and Community Development, UniSA

There is no doubt that long swings, twelve hour shifts, long hours sitting in front of computer terminals or driving machinery, as much as you can eat and drink laid out free all day every day in the mess halls, disturbed sleep patterns from shift work and feeling too tired or that there is no time to exercise make it difficult for FIFO workers to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. However, there are some things you can do to lessen the load and stay fit and healthy (Scott 2000).

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EMALE Issue 114 (September 2012)

In this month's issue:

friends are key to midlife wellbeing

fly in/fly out lifestyle bad for workers

male victims of violence face gaps in services and need special consideration: NSW Government Report

airlines demonizing men


  • Film Night Wednesday, 5th September 2012 Greater Union - Miranda
  • Gloves Off on Men’s Health, September 27 9:00am – 1:00pm Lane Cove Mens Shed, St Columba’s, 15 Figtree St, Lane Cove
  • PCFA Big Aussie Barbie - all of September

news briefs

  • Grim Reaper resurrected to star in a new advertisement aimed at rebooting AIDS awareness.
  • Women with Alzheimer's show worse mental deterioration than men
  • Psychology explains why guys don’t eat vegetables

The Regional Men’s Health Initiative (WA)


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.


Health Status and Behaviours of Australian Farming Men, by Stuart Willder and Susan Brumby

The Sustainable Farm Families (SFF) program in Australia has been researching the state of health of farming men and women over the last six years throughout Australia’s agricultural industries. Health data gathered have been instrumental in providing industry partners with insights into the current health status and relevant health issues of farming men and women.

This paper focuses on the outcomes of research relative to the male cohorts and their clinical indicators over the course of the research. Male participants across varying ages and farming sectors gained information and knowledge, and received clinical assessments and intervention in the course of the research. Positive effects were experienced by male farmers of different ages and across farming industries. the qualitative and quantitative results reveal that regardless of prior attitudes, both men and women learned and changed the way they think about and act upon their health, wellbeing and safety.

From New Male Studies: An International Journal - Vol. 1, Issue 2, 2012, pp. 34-48.

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