CONTRIBUTORS TO WA RURAL AND REGIONAL MEN'S HEALTH RECOGNISED THROUGH THE LAUNCH OF THE WARRIOR AMBASSADOR AWARDS

December 2013 marks the launch of the Warrior Ambassador Awards which have been established by Wheatbelt Men's Health (WMH) to acknowledge all contributors - past, present and future - who have supported WMH as an organisation and the Regional Men's Health Initiative (RMHI) generally.

The Warrior Ambassador Awards specifically aim to:

  • Acknowledge the wide range of contributors to WMH and/or the RMHI
  • Develop and foster relations with past and present individuals and/or organisations who contribute to WMH and/or the RMHI
  • Establish a network of champions for the cause to further promote regional men's health and wellbeing through WMH and/or the RMHI

The Inaugural Warrior Ambassador inductees for 2013 are:-

Fundraising Category

Acknowledges individuals, groups of individuals or organisations that make a financial contribution to WMH and/or RMHI with no expectation of personal or commercial gain or return.

Inductees are -

  1. Aglime of Australia
  2. Countryman Newspaper
  3. Department of Agriculture and Food WA
  4. Ross Ditchburn
  5. Kondinin Group
  6. Mates 500 Relay
  7. McCusker Charitable Foundation
  8. Plum Grove
  9. Royal Agricultural Society
  10. WA Country Health Services

Personal Story Category

Acknowledges individuals, groups of individuals or organisations who share an experience(s) with the wider community to assist WMH and/or RMHI reach and communicate with its audience and achieve its vision and objectives.

These personal stories are captured on a series of educational DVD's titled:

  • Working with Warriors
  • Stages of Men
  • Making their Mark

Inductees are -

  1. Heath Black
  2. Peter Boyle
  3. Bill Cameron
  4. Zeb Gibson
  5. Marty Grant
  6. John Langoulant
  7. John Sudholz
  8. Harry & Claire Taylor and Ley Webster
  9. Anthony Walker
  10. Andrew Webster

Open Category

Acknowledges individuals, groups of individuals or organisations who have provided a significant contribution to WMH and/or RMHI through another means other than the above two categories with no expectation of personal or commercial gain or return.

General

Inductees are:

1.Dr Graham Luke

Pioneers

Inductees are:

1. Jill Jarvis

Jill was one of the main drivers for the inception and development of Wheatbelt Men's Health, going above and beyond her management duties at the Population Health Unit (WA Country Health Service). Jill shared the vision in seeing the need to support rural and regional men.

2. Julian Krieg

Julian was visionary in wanting to translate academic research into realistic and practical information about men's health and wellbeing. Julian is passionate about men's health and wellbeing and empowering communities and individual to be primary carers. Julian continues to have an influence on state and national issues in the field of men's health and suicide awareness.

3. Brian Webb

Brian was Wheatbelt Men's Health inaugural chairperson and held the position for 8 years. He continues to be a member of the management committee and is committed and passionate in the support of men's health and wellbeing.

Wheatbelt Men's Health Inc. (WMH) is a not for profit organisation incorporated since 2002. It is currently delivering the Regional Men's Health Initiative (RMHI) which works across multiple levels of regional WA.

This community education program does this in three ways:

  • presents a variety of community education sessions about males, in particular physical, mental and social/spiritual wellbeing;
  • delivers the "fast Track" Pit Stop program (which is all about wellbeing and health awareness, and listening); and
  • advocacy work; - by way of promotion of our philosophy ...before it all gets too much Talk to a Mate!
    - through personal resilience support/counseling; and
    - providing critical links to professional services when required.

Cheers
Owen and the team at RMHI