Royalties for Regions
Regional Men's Health
The Australian Medical Association recognise that rural and regional men face health issues that differ to their urban counterparts and by most measures, they are overrepresented in the 'negative health outcome' statistics. In WA, around a quarter of all males over the age of 15 years live in the regional areas.
Royalties for Regions is providing $2.4 million over three years to the Wheatbelt Men's Health (WMH) program which is an interdisciplinary program operating within a 'community development model' that focuses on a wellness and not an illness approach and links the population in need to programs within the WMH or through referral to other resources.
Wheatbelt Men's Health Inc (WMH) has operated since 2001 across the Wheatbelt, MidWest and Great Southern Regions. The services provided include support to regional men and their families in times of situational distress and an education program to encourage men to take responsibility for making their health and personal resilience a priority. Under a rebadged organisational name and operation plan, WMH aims to extend the Regional Men's Health and Well Being Initiative across the nine regions.
WMH has operated as an important and well utilised Men's Health and Wellbeing service providing education, counselling and support for men and families in situational distress since 2001 and the range of operations has extended beyond the Wheatbelt to an area between Kalbarri and Esperance.
This program is very well regarded and recognised by the target group, the community at large, health professionals and the WA Country Health Service.