Australian Men’s Health Forum
The AMHF is an alliance of organisations, service providers and individual men and women, actively engaged in or interested in addressing the physical, psychological, emotional, intellectual, educational, social, spiritual, sexual and relationship needs of men and boys in Australia and any other issues that impact on them. It has a focus on the social determinants of men and boys’ health and have a diverse membership that includes clinicians, researchers, members of men’s groups, and providers of health and community services to men and boys.
AMHF is a forum where different experiences and viewpoints on working with men are welcomed and discussed. Every two years, AMHF hosts the Austsralian Men’s Health Gathering, the premier men’s health event in Australia.
More information about the Australian Men’s Health Forum can be found here.
Canadian Men’s Health Foundation
CMHF is a national registered charity whose mission is to inspire Canadian men to live healthier lives.
CMHF envisions a nation in which men not only actively care for their health, but also in which Canadian society values the final piece of the family health puzzle. Through a new social awareness campaign with Canadian men, CMHF seeks to motivate men and their families using health information and lifestyle programs in such a way that they can hear, absorb, and act.
CMHF has recently launched a national campaign to build awareness of men’s health issues, change attitudes and then change behaviors to improve men’s overall health. The campaign, ‘Don’t Change Much’, is built around the concept that small steps become habit, and habit becomes a healthier lifestyle. Click here for more info about Don’t Change Much.
Private donors, government grants and private corporations have provided funding for CMHF.
More information about the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation can be found here.
Danish Men’s Health Society
Men’s Health Society, Denmark, is a multi-disciplinary organisation dedicated to the field of men’s health in all its aspects.
The Society has organised Men’s Health Week in Denmark since 2003, involving more than 200 participants around the country. The Society disseminates publications and organises and participates in national and international conferences and meetings. The Society leads the Men’s Health Forum, Denmark, a body for 42 organisations from all areas of society dedicated to working for better health for men.
During 2014, the Forum received grants for around €1.4 million for the work with men’s health in Denmark including research, education for health professionals, development of male-friendly health information, and establishing Men’s Sheds to bring men together and improve their well-being.
More information about the Danish Men’s Health Society can be found here.
European Men’s Health Forum
EMHF was established in 2001. Originally part of the Men’s Health Forum (England and Wales), it soon became an autonomous, non-profit-making, non-governmental organisation based in Brussels.
EMHF is the only European organisation dedicated to the improvement of men’s health in all its aspects. Its vision is a future in which all men in Europe have an equal opportunity to attain the highest possible level of health and well-being.
Its mission is to improve men’s health across all countries in Europe by promoting collaboration between interested organisations and individuals on the development and application of health-related policies, research, education and prevention programmes.
EMHF is committed to gender equality, fully supports activities to improve women’s health, and opposes the re-allocation of funding from women’s to men’s health.
More information about EMHF can be found here.
Men’s Health Education Council/Prostate Conditions Education Council (USA)
Men’s Health Education Council was launched in 2012 and was developed in conjunction with the Prostate Conditions Education. The goal of the Men’s Health Education Council is to advance the awareness, advocacy and education of men’s health and to help men, boys and families to take actionable steps to improve and manage their health and well being. The collaboration will allow the organizations to expand their reach to include even more men and boys, the women who care about them, healthcare professionals, key thought leaders, and other stakeholders in men’s health.
Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC) was founded in 1989, and is a non-profit organization. A national organization committed to men’s health, PCEC is the nation’s leading resource for information on prostate health. PCEC is dedicated to saving lives through awareness and the education of men, the women in their lives, as well as the medical community about prostate cancer prevalence, the importance of early detection, and available treatment options, as well as other men’s health issues. The Council is comprised of a consortium of leading physicians, health educators, scientists and prostate cancer advocates and aims to conduct nationwide screenings for men and perform research that will aid in the detection and treatment of prostate conditions.
Combined, PCEC and Men’s Health Education Council have a network of over 5,000 medical professionals and 25,000 patients. Each year they host 750 events across the United States from educational seminars to awareness projects to fundraising events.
More information about Men’s Health Education Council can be found here.
More information about the Prostate Conditions Education Council can be found here.
Men’s Health Forum (Great Britain)
Men’s Health Foundation / Stiftung Männergesundheit (Germany)
The Men’s Health Foundation was founded in 2006 as a non-profit foundation in Berlin and is the only men’s health organisation in Germany. The Foundation aims to improve men’s health through education and information, to encourage self-care by men and to strengthen research about men’s health. It encourages the improvement of targeted health promotion for men and health promotion in companies. In 2010, the Foundation published the first Men’s Health Report for Germany. The ‘Men’s Health Report: Focus on Mental Health‘ was published in 2013 and a third report, on the sexual health of men, will be published in spring 2017. The HAROW research study on the different treatment options for prostate cancer with more than 3.000 patients, was concluded in 2016; a follow-up study has been launched to monitor those patients for five more years.
More information about the Men’s Health Foundation can be found here.
Men’s Health Network (USA)
Men’s Health Network is a non-profit educational organization whose goal is to improve significantly men’s health, longevity, and quality of life. MHN reaches men, boys and their families where they live, work, play and pray. MHN’s goals are achieved with awareness campaigns, data collection, surveys, symposia, and collaborative projects with a network of community health partners. MHN conducts awareness and screening campaigns in workplaces, public venues, and conferences, and promotes awareness periods such as Men’s Health Month in June and International Men’s Health Week (leading up to Father’s Day). MHN has a presence in every US state and over 30 countries.
More information about MHN can be found here.
Men’s Health Trust (New Zealand)
The Men’s Health Trust NZ is a registered charity which has been in action since 2007 promoting good health for the men of New Zealand. The Trust wants all men to make good health choices, to take action to live healthier every day, and to have easy access to health information that relates directly to them. It wants to reduce illness and disease caused by being overweight and making poor diet choices. It wants to save men from dying of illnesses that could have been cured if they had taken action sooner.
The Trust provides health information for men, connects men with support agencies, funds men’s health scholarships, runs workplace health talks, and creates inspiring health campaigns. It works collaboratively with other health organisations to provide the best information available.
More information about the Men’s Health Trust can be found here.
Organisational associate members
Center for Research on Men’s Health, Vanderbilt University (USA)
The Vanderbilt University Center for Research on Men’s Health is a university-wide center in the U.S. that focuses on men’s health and men’s health disparities. Founded in the Spring of 2016, the Center seeks to improve men’s health by understanding and addressing biological, psychological and social factors that influence men’s health. Men’s health outcomes are more than the sum of biology and behavior. They are also the result of factors that influence behavior: gender, cultural, sociological and attitudinal. In a pioneering way, the Center for Research on Men’s Health examines all of these factors to form a more holistic picture that benefits men, families, healthcare practitioners, service providers, academicians and policymakers. We have particular expertise in the health of African American men, but we also do research on other men in the U.S. and across the globe.
More information about the Center for Research on Men’s Health can be found here.
Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities (USA)
The Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities (CSMM), established at Stony Brook University (SUNY) in 2013, is dedicated to engaged interdisciplinary research on boys, men, masculinities, and gender. Its mission is to bring together researchers, practitioners, and activists in conversation and collaboration to develop and enhance projects focusing on boys and men. This collaboration will generate and disseminate research that redefines gender relations to foster greater social justice.
The Center is committed to fostering a world in which everyone, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality, reach their full potential as human beings. It supports and promotes research that furthers the development of boys and men in the service of healthy masculinities and greater gender equality. CSMM seeks to build bridges among a new generation of researchers, practitioners, and activists who work toward these ends. This unique collaboration will enhance the quality and impact of research, and enable a more informed policy and practice.
More information about CSMM can be found here.
Men’s Development Network (Ireland)
The MDN is a developmental and consultative organisation that works on four levels; locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Building on all men’s humanity and ability to connect, MDN works to better men’s lives by addressing the social determinants, social conditioning, gender conditioning and gender-based role stereotypes that cause harm to men and women. MDN works from the belief that a society where men and women are free from the negative effects of these factors will lead to better lives for both sexes.
Through its Men’s Health Programme, MDN has been actively involved in promoting key health and wellbeing themes with and on behalf of men, through its range of community development work and training across Ireland. The focus of all of all its work is based on a strengths/salutogenic orientation towards awareness raising, signposting and supporting positive behaviour change.
More information about MDN can be found here.
MIU Men’s Health Foundation (USA)
The MIU Men’s Health Foundation is a non-profit organization launched by the doctors of the Michigan Institute of Urology — Michigan’s largest subspecialty urology practice—dedicated to promoting the awareness education, research and treatment of prostate cancer and men’s health-related issues.
The MIU Men’s Health Foundation is dedicated to supporting men’s survivorship, embracing their dedication to choosing to know about their health and their choice to ‘Fight Like a Man’ to protect it. To achieve these goals, The MIU Men’s Health Foundation introduced Fight Like a Man International and its signature events, The Run for the Ribbon and The Men’s Health event, among other initiatives.
The Run for the Ribbon is a 5k Run/Walk that takes place each Father’s Day at the Detroit Zoo. The event helps raise crucial funds dedicated to promoting the awareness, education, research and treatment of prostate cancer and men’s health related issues. The Men’s Health Event takes place at Detroit’s Ford Field each fall. The event provides men a better understanding of how to stay healthy, screenings for some of the most treatable diseases, assessment of their current health, and education about current health topics and news. Men aged 18 and older, with or without health insurance coverage, have access to a variety of free health screenings, educational seminars and on-site medical professionals.
More information about MIU Men’s Health Foundation can be found here.
Partnership for Male Youth (USA)
The Partnership for Male Youth’s (PMY) mission is to identify and address the unique and unmet health care needs of adolescent and young adult (AYA) males, or males between the ages of 10 and 27. PMY is a pioneer and the only US national organization with this sole mission and focus. Founded in 2013, its boards of directors and advisors include leading physicians, social workers, psychologists and other experts on AYA male health. The Partnership is composed of over 25 national US organizations and has representation from six US federal agencies. PMY’s goal is to move beyond a strictly medical model to address the social determinants of health as defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Since 2013, PMY has compiled the first comprehensive database of all known scientific literature pertaining to AYA male health (it is available in open access online format), published a weekly newsletter that contains reporting on scientific and lay literature relevant to AYA male health, developed and distributed an adolescent male health self-assessment tool and companion clinicians’ guide to assessing adolescent male health risks, and is currently planning organising the 2018 National Summit on Adolescent and Young Adult Male Health, a groundbreaking conference that will be held in Washington, DC in the spring of 2018. Information on that summit is available here.
More information about Partnership for Male Youth can be found here.
Prostate Cancer Centre, Calgary (Canada)
Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre is a one-stop premier medical facility for men with prostate cancer in Southern Alberta, Canada. The Centre is entirely patient-focused, guiding and supporting men through the entire process. Its programs and services include:
- Rapid access to a Urologist
- Treatment options seminar hosted by a Urologist, Medical Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist
- Active surveillance
- Post-operative care
- Education and intervention for bladder incontinence, intimacy and erectile dysfunction
- Classes for: exercise, nutrition, physiotherapy
- Androgen deprivation therapy and counselling
- World-Class prostate cancer research facility
- The MAN VAN™ program
The MAN VANTM is Canada’s only mobile men’s health clinic. It offers Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood tests to men aged 40 to 80 as well as measurements for blood pressure, blood sugar and waist circumference. The Prostate Cancer Centre also partners with the Calgary Counselling Centre.
More information about the Prostate Cancer Centre can be found here.
Individual associate members
David Baxter. David is Professor and Director of the Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research at the University of Otago, New Zealand; he is also currently Director for the New Zealand National Science Challenge for Ageing Well. David’s research expertise is in the fields of: physical activity and health; musculoskeletal pain, including low back pain; and laser medicine. His current projects include physical activity interventions – principally walking interventions – and physical activity screening in primary care.
Chris Booth. Professor Chris Booth is a retired consultant urologist from Colchester (UK). He set up the urology department in Colchester, establishing a national and international reputation for clinical research and service redesign and gaining regional status as a cancer centre. After leaving the NHS in 2006, Chris continued in clinical practice , worked on four different Department of Health (DH) Committees, drafted two DH reports and provided consultancy to two Primary Care Trusts and the Greater Manchester CATS (Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services) project. Chris is currently a director of the CHAPS Men’s Health Charity and Healthwatch Essex and a member of the Clinical Advisory Board for TACKLE Prostate Cancer with a brief to advise on screening and early diagnosis.
Eduardo Schwarz Chakora. Eduardo has been working on issues related to masculinities, gender and relationships as a clinical psychologist and somatic psychotherapist over the past 17 years. He has a masters’ degree in Policy and Management in Health from the University of Bologna, was general coordinator of Brazil’s National Policy for Integral Attention to Men’s Health (PNAISH), 2011-2015, and was one of those responsible for his formulation and implementation of the Brazilian Unified Healthcare System (SUS) from 2007. He is currently an independent consultant on masculinities, gender, fatherhood and health.
Morna Cornell. Dr Morna Cornell is a senior researcher and manager of the IeDEA-SA (International epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS Southern Africa) scientific collaboration based at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She is also a co-investigator on the iALARM project to improve men’s linkage to HIV care. She has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS since 1992, initially as Executive Director of the South African AIDS Consortium, 1992-2000, and was a founder member of the Treatment Action Campaign. In 2014 she was awarded her PhD for a thesis on the evolution and effectiveness of the South African antiretroviral therapy programme. Morna has a particular interest in the invisibility of boys and men in HIV programmes and in public health.
Benno de Keijzer. Benno is a physician based in Xalapa, Mexico, who holds a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and a doctorate in Community Mental Health. A previous recipient of Ashoka and MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, Benno has published two books on community participation in health and on gender and sexuality in a rural community, as well as numerous articles on men, gender and health issues. He was a co-founder of the NGO Salud y Género and co-ordinator of Cómplices por la Equidad (MenEngage/Mexico) and has 15 years’ experience of working with men who seek to renounce to violence in their intimate relationships. Since 2007, Benno has been a researcher and teacher at the Public Health Institute at Veracruz University and teaches in three Masters’ degree programmes.
Lesley Doyal. Lesley is Emeritus Professor at the University of Bristol and a Visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town. She has published widely in the field of international health and health care with a particular focus on gender. In this capacity, she has acted as a consultant for a number of organisations including WHO, UNDAW, Global Forum for Health Research and the British Council. In recent years, she has worked extensively in the area of HIV and AIDS using a combination of political economy, ethnographic and intersectional perspectives. Her latest book is entitled ‘Living with HIV and Dying with AIDS: inequality, diversity and human rights in the global pandemic’ (Ashgate 2013).
Tracy Herd. Tracy is currently working as an independent health improvement specialist for the European Men’s Health Forum and with RBE Associates (UK). She is also an assessor for the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Health and Wellbeing Awards. She is the former Deputy Chief Executive of the Men’s Health Forum (UK) where she was responsible for developing new programmes and service models that work better for men. She led the Forum’s work on men and obesity, men’s health in the workplace and developed training to support health professionals to engage more effectively with men on health issues.
Paul Hopkins. Paul has an MSc in Men’s Health and studied at Leeds Metropolitan University . He has a background in nursing and public health work, with interests in social marketing and male health promotion; he has also worked in the private sector and as a Research Associate at the University of South Australia with Associate Professor Gary Misan. Paul is currently a Visiting Fellow of the University of Gloucestershire and developing the Mengage project with a focus on practical preventative health work with boys and men.
Mike Kirby. Professor Mike Kirby has expertise in all aspects of men’s health, with particular strengths in the management of diabetes, and cardiovascular risk, lower urinary tract symptoms, erectile dysfunction, and andrology. He is an Associate Member of The British Association of Urological Surgeons, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Visiting Professor to the Prostate Centre London. Mike is also editor in chief of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Journal and sits on the editorial boards of several journals including the British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease and the International Journal of Clinical Practice.
Dell Lovett. Dell is a novice researcher with an extensive background in nursing in primary health care and is currently a PhD Candidate at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Australia. Her primary research focus is primary health care providers’ practice in men’s health. Her current research study is exploring advanced primary health care providers’ experiences of good practice examples in men’s health in Australia. She is a member of the health professional education advisory group of Andrology Australia, a member of the education advisory panel for the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association and a member of the Australian Men’s Health Forum.
Matthew Maycock. Matthew is currently doing research at the Scottish Prison Service College, focusing on developing academic processes and supporting the development of a diploma that represents a significant change in the way that future Prison Officers will be trained in Scotland. Matthew was previously undertaking post-doctoral research at the Social and Public Health Scientist Unit at the Glasgow University. His research focused on masculinity and health in prisons, with a particular focus on the adaption of a health promotion intervention delivered in a number of secure institutions in Scotland. Matthew’s PhD thesis focused on masculinities in post-conflict Nepal, specifically considering the experiences of a group of recently freed bonded labourers.
Chirk Jenn Ng. Dr CJ Ng is Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Malaya, Malaysia. His academic interest is in men’s health, shared decision making and evidence-based medicine. He is a co-author of the first Asian Men’s Health Report and his men’s health research work focuses on men’s health-seeking behaviour, male sexual health and preventive care. CJ is a member of a national working committee to develop policies for men’s health in Malaysia and Chair of the Malaysian Clearinghouse for Men’s Health which aims to promote men’s health research, education and public activities in the country. He also organises the yearly ‘Moustache for Men’ Men’s Health Awareness Campaign at the University of Malaya Medical Centre.
Shane O’Donnell. Shane is a Marie-Curie Early Stage Researcher in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Queen’s University Belfast, UK. His primary research focus is on men’s mental health and suicide. His current study is exploring the development of an arts-based intervention to reduce suicide risk among men using the Medical Research Council guidelines for developing complex interventions. He is the co-author of the Middle-Aged Men and Suicide in Ireland Report and a board member of the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland. Shane has a MSc(Res) in Men’s Health and Suicide and a BSc in Sports Science. He also works on the Erasmus+ Project SSaMS (Sports Science Students as Mentors) which aims to improve the educational attainment of boys and young men through the mentoring capabilities of sports science students.
John Oliffe. Professor John Oliffe is based at the School of Nursing, University of British Columbia in Canada. His research programme in masculinities and men’s health has focused on prostate cancer, depression and suicide and men’s smoking. He is the principal investigator of a Movember-funded project titled Masculinities and Men’s Depression and Suicide. John has also collaborated on work on a range of other men’s health issues including immigrant men’s heart health, male youth sexual health, Aboriginal men’s health, incarcerated men’s health and gay men’s intimate partner violence.
Ian Peate. Ian is a Registered Nurse and a Visiting Professor at Kingston University, London and St George’s, University of London. He is Head of School at the School of Health Studies in Gibraltar. Ian is also Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Nursing and Consultant Editor of the Journal of Paramedic Practice. His key interests are nursing practice and theory, men’s health, HIV and sexual health.
Steve Petty. Steve has been in healthcare in Oklahoma for the past 30 years, working in a numbers of areas including, public relations, marketing, physician relations and business development. For the past 22 years, he has been with INTEGRIS Health, Oklahoma’s largest health system, serving as the Administrative Director of Community, Employee & Corporate Wellness for the state. He started the INTEGRIS Men’s Health University program in 2004, to create a consistent programme of education and awareness about the importance of men’s health in the state of Oklahoma. The programme consists of health screenings, physician and health professional lectures and seminars for men across the state, with an emphasis on under-served and minority men.
Mahesh Puri. Dr Mahesh Puri is Associate Director at the Centre for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities (CREHPA), a national non-profit research organization based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Mahesh has been actively involved in the areas of reproductive and sexual health and rights, including gender-based violence and men’s health-related research studies and programmes, for more than 17 years in Nepal. His current research focuses on family planning, maternal and child health, gender-based violence, men’s health, unintended pregnancy and abortion. He has extensive experience of engaging concerned national level stakeholders in the research process and results uptake.
Noel Richardson. Dr Noel Richardson has extensive experience in the area of men’s health at a research, policy and advocacy level. He is principal author of the first ever National Policy on Men’s Health, which was published in Ireland in 2009, and the follow-up National Men’s Action Plan published in 2016. He has worked as a senior researcher and policy advisor in men’s health at the Department of Health in Ireland since 2005. He is also co-author of the first European Union report on men’s health, published in 2011. Noel completed a doctoral thesis on men’s health in 2007 and has authored a number of peer-reviewed and other publications in men’s health. He is a board member of the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland and the European Men’s Health Forum.
Damien Ridge. Damien is Professor of Health Studies, and Acting Head of Psychology, at the University of Westminster, London. A specialist in patient experience, he was previously at the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG) at the University of Oxford. In 2010, the UK-wide National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) adopted his research extensively into their guidance on the management of depression in adults. In 2015, his work in originating the Atlas Men’s Wellbeing pilot programme for distressed men in primary care was shortlisted for the BMJ Award (primary care). He is a psychotherapist and social scientist, who has published over 80 academic papers and one sole-authored book, with a keen interest in working with men to improve their mental health. He is a Trustee of the CALM charity.
Steve Robertson. Steve is Professor of Men, Gender and Health at Leeds Beckett University in the UK where he is also Co-Director of the Centre for Men’s Health. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Men’s Health. Steve’s main interests and publications are around social theories of masculinity and their application to aspects of health and health promotion. He has also acted as a consultant on gender and men’s health to the UK Department of Health and to WHO (Europe).
Tim Shand. Tim is a PhD student and consultant exploring men’s sexual and HIV health in Malawi. Tim previously worked for Sonke Gender Justice (South Africa), IPPF (London) and WHO (Geneva). He holds a Public Health Masters from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has published and spoken widely on men’s sexual health issues.
Gilles Tremblay. Gilles is a professor at Laval University, Québec City (Canada) and a social worker. He has been involved in men’s issues for more than 30 years. All his research studies are in the field of studies on men and masculinities: fatherhood in underprivileged families, school achievement in boys, men’s health, depression in men, suicide, sexually abused men, etc. He has trained about 4,000 practitioners on how to work with more traditional men, especially according to the model he has developed with his colleague Pierre L’heureux. He chaired an experts committee on family homicides for the Quebec Department of Health and Social Services in 2011 and 2012.
Alan White. Alan is Professor of Men’s Health at Leeds Beckett University, where he was the Founder and Co-director of the Centre for Men’s Health. He was also a co-founder of the Men’s Health Forum (England & Wales) Charity and the Chair of its Board of Trustees for 12 years. He is now its Patron. Alan is currently a Board member of the International Society for Men’s Health, a Visiting Professor at the University of Malay in Malaysia and an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. He has undertaken a broad range of studies into the health and wellbeing in men, including heading up an international team of academics to complete the European Commission ‘The State of Men’s Health in Europe’ Report and was a collaborator on the European Commission funded ’Role of Men in Gender Equality’ study. He has worked closely with women’s health academics across Europe on a number of key projects including the current European Commission funded study on Gender and Coronary Artery Disease (GenCAD).