Entries in Special Days (12)


Just 10 days until Men's Health Week - order your free posters and fliers now!

Men's Health Week 2014 runs from June 9th to 15th. This year's theme is Celebrating Your AchieveMENts - celebrating the great things our boys and our blokes bring to our lives! Through the different parts of our lives, men and boys are celebrating their everyday achievements and getting healthy in the process...

There are currently 111 events planned for this year's MHW, and more are being registered every day. Check out the official website for more details, and while you're there, take the time to order your free posters and fliers.


Happy International Men's Day!

To the garbagemen who remove our rubbish in the wee hours; the men who construct our buildings and repair our roads; the security guards and policemen who keep us safe; the miners and loggers who risk their lives to help build our world; the long-distance truckers who keep the economy turning; the volunteer firefighters who save lives and property when nature challenges us; the hands-on dads who make such a difference in their children's lives; the elderly men who care for their wives when their health deteriorates; the teenage boys and young men who astound us with their wonderful risk-taking and testosterone-fuelled energy; the separated dads who fight to see their children; the male childcare workers who show us by example that working with young children is a proper place for men – thank you for all that you do to make the world a better place.

The 2013 IMD annual theme is

Keeping Men and Boys Safe

The five challenges for 2013:

  • Tackling male suicide

  • Keeping men and boys safe to allow them to become tomorrows role models

  • End tolerance of violence towards men and boys

  • Boost men's life expectancy by keeping men and boys safe from avoidable illness

  • Keeping men and boys safe by promoting fathers and male role models

Click here to download the official press release and briefing document with further information on the 2013 theme.


13 Reasons it is Unlucky to be Male

An abridged version of this article appeared as an op-ed in the Newcastle Herald on November 17, 2012.

November 19 is International Men’s Day: a time to promote male role models; to celebrate men’s contributions to society; to focus on men’s health and wellbeing; to highlight discrimination against males; and to improve gender relations and promote gender equality.

As someone who wants both my son and my daughter to flourish across all areas of life, I am frequently reminded that our society and media do a particularly poor job of highlighting and addressing areas in which males face disadvantage. Thankfully we have women’s offices, ministries and NGOs working tirelessly to improve the areas in which women still fare poorly. This is not the case for men.

We seem to have a cultural blind spot around men and gender politics. When a man has a problem, it is frequently seen as his own fault, whereas women’s problems are more often attributed to others or to society. For example, we hear that men are to blame for their own poor health (“men don’t go to the doctor”), whereas young women’s high levels of eating disorders are blamed upon the cultural pressure to be thin.

The portrayals of men in modern day media are often negative – as violent murderers, wife bashers, sexual abusers, deadbeat dads, and bumbling idiots – even though, in reality, only a small proportion of men act out these roles and behaviours. This compounds the lack of compassion for men’s issues.

Our society often assumes that ‘men have it good’ and only women carry the burden of gender-based disadvantage. The evidence strongly contradicts this. Here are 13 areas in which men and boys need our help. I would ask that you picture an important male in your life as you read them – be it your son, brother, husband, best mate or father. Many thanks to Glen Poole from the Men’s Network in England for the idea for this article.

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International Men's Day 2012 Theme Announced



In the run up to International Men's Day 2012 (Monday 19th November) we're asking supporters of the day to focus on five key challenges that will help us improve the health and wellbeing of men and boys all over the world.

Some of the universal health issues that men and boys in all countries around the globe face include lower life expectancy, difficulty accessing mental health services, educational disadvantages, lack of male role models and tolerance of violence against men and boys.

To help us focus our collective minds upon helping men and boys live longer, happier, healthier lives, the five key challenges that the International Men's Day team is inviting men and women all over the world to address are:

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Movember Australia - So much more than a Mo

As you know, we raise awareness for men’s health by using the growth of a moustache to prompt conversation. But does this actually work? Is all the talk actually making a difference? 

The following clip shows you how each member of the Movember community is making a difference through the awareness they spread during their individual Movember journey. The facts and stats featured in this short video come from a recent piece of research we did, something which is done each year to ensure that our Awareness & Education program is delivering in line with our objectives.  

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