RMHI identified that the younger male demographic (the higher risk takers) were not sufficiently represented as users of services and educational activities. RMHI is in its fourth year of sponsoring a ‘Talk to a Mate’ Men’s Wellbeing Round in the WACFL to engage younger men throughout regional Western Australia. This engages 25 country football associations and 160 senior teams across regional WA and exposes the message directly to 5,000 younger men.

An MOU has been signed with WAMSA to foster overall ties delivering education to men’s sheds in regional WA and to have the capacity to deliver warrior education sessions to metropolitan sheds on a ‘fee for service’ basis.

RMHI has an MOU with AMHF, Australia’s peak body on men’s issues and RMHI also played an important advocacy role in that organisation getting federal funding for three years to develop the ‘National Men’s Health Policy’ and to develop position papers on a range of issues affecting men.

WMH Inc. has recently signed a two-year pilot grant agreement to deliver education around suicide for the 2020 State Suicide Strategy. The title of this project is Mental Health and Wellbeing Awareness Education for Men in Regional and Remote Farming Communities. This agreement has an option of a 3 year service agreement. This is a valid endorsement of the RMHI product.

RMHI currently sits on a newly formed ‘Men’s Expert Group’ to look at, participate and develop the Think Mental Health Campaign state-wide. The campaign went public on the 28th of November 2017.

RMHI has worked informally with DAFWA on National Drought Program Reform. The objectives of the reform align with the core work that RMHI does in rural & regional WA. These 5 objectives are:
a) Assist farm families and primary producers adapt to and prepare for the impacts of increased climate variability.
b) Encourage farm families and primary producers to adopt self-reliant approaches to manage their business risks.
c) Ensure that farm families in hardship have access to a household support payment that recognizes the special circumstances of farmers.
d) Ensure appropriate social support services are accessible to farm families.
e) Provide a framework for jurisdictions responses to needs during periods of drought.

RMHI now sits on the state based ‘Men’s Health and Wellbeing Reference Group’ representing males living in rural and remote areas. This group represents key aspects of the men’s health sector and will guide the Department on WA specific evidence of relevant issues, alignment with the ‘National Male Health Policy’ and an effective approach to consultation with the sector. This Reference Group will steer the development of a new WA Men’s Health and Wellbeing Policy.

RMHI has an MOU with WAFIC to deliver warrior education sessions to the fishers across all the fisheries in the state at various industry zone meetings.