The Centre hosts a monthly lunch-time Men's Health Research Seminar usually on the last Tuesday of each month.
- Location: Level 6 Seminar Room (6052a/6052b), AHMS Building on North Terrace
- Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm.
Two to three presentations are usually given by members of the Centre and invited guest speakers. For details about upcoming seminars and speakers check our news and events page.
Community men's health talks / education
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We welcome opportunities for our researchers to speak on men's health topics of general or specific interest. If you are planning an event or function, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Every year we hold public symposiums. For information about upcoming and recent symposiums see below:
The nexus between masculinity and health - changing the discourse Nov 2018
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This session was held as part of the 2018 National Men's Health Gathering in Parramatta and was hosted by the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health, the University of Adelaide.
Professor John Macdonald - The Men's Health Information and Resource Centre, Western Sydney University, NSW
Mr Zac Seidler - Clinical Psychologist, PhD candidate, School of Psychology, Faculty of Science, the University of Sydney, NSW.
Typical masculinity, characterised by concern with strength and capacity for hard physical work, income generation, sexual achievement, and appearances to others, tends to be viewed as an obstacle for appropriate health related behaviours. It is often framed in a negative connotation as a “gender role ideology” and “needing to be addressed”. We propose that such an approach to masculinity and how it relates to health outcomes is simplistic and stands in contrast to our observations that men do use health services and are interested in maintaining good health. Little emphasis is placed on considering men as men, understanding their need for patient-centred care and intervening in ways that recognise and capitalise on their strengths. For example, men can reasonably be viewed to construct their experiences of help-seeking in terms of being responsible, problem-solving and in control. The framing of help-seeking in terms of 'taking action' accords with the notion of pro-active 'expert patient' actively participating in the care. The nexus between masculinity and health and its application to engaging men in health care and achieving better health outcomes across the life course and in differing socio-cultural contexts requires re-examination. Professor John Macdonald used the session to define masculinity, dispel the myths and discuss whether the labels given that relate to masculinity have been appropriate, helpful or counterproductive in advancing men’s health, particularly when the social determinants of health are taken into consideration. Mr Zac Seidler, a clinical psychologist and PhD, leader of the ManIsland project, provided working examples to debate whether typical masculine behaviours are compatible with good health and whether leveraging masculinity for better health outcomes is realistic or retrograde.
Parental Alienation, Sept 2017
- The Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health, The University of Adelaide, and
- Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
- Kerry Antoniou BLaws (Hons) Uni of Adelaide, Director and Principal Lawyer, Alpha Family Lawyers
- Stan Korosi M.Counselling, MACA, Clin. PACFA, ARCAP Reg., Family Law Counsellor (ACA). PhD candidate (Gold Coast University)
There is nothing more wonderful than the privilege of being a parent. But for all its rewards, families and parenting can be tough, particularly when life stressors take their toll. When a relationship between parents breaks down, there are inevitably consequences for the family. Family laws are in place to protect, first and foremost, the welfare of children in the circumstances of domestic fragmentation. Child welfare agencies often take over when the complexity of this fragmentation greys our appreciation of the impact on our children.
A situation may occur in relationship breakdowns, where children reject one of their parents as a consequence of parental conflict. However, in some cases children may reject a ‘good enough’ parent because they have been coerced by their other parent. Children who unreasonably reject a loved and loving parent are considered to have been alienated from a loving parent by the other parent.
Parental alienation was first observed in clinical settings in the 1980’s prompting a concerted effort by clinicians and practitioners to have this phenomenon recognised as a diagnosable pathology in the form of parental alienation syndrome, which remains controversial to this day, notwithstanding that diagnostic categories relevant to PA now exist. This scenario, referred to as the parental alienation (PA), can have significant adverse outcomes for both alienated children and the parents whom they reject. Research suggests that mothers and fathers experience parental alienation at approximately the same prevalence, however the way they experience alienation differs between men and women, and this is influenced by societal and cultural norms.
But parents are not the only ones who experience PA. Grandparents may also be denied access to their grandchildren. Parental alienation can be considered a form of emotional abuse of children and of rejected parents, perpetrated by a parent. It is illegal by way of specific provisions in family law in some states of Mexico and in Brazil. “Preventing a family member from making or keeping connections with his or her family is an example of family violence set out in section 4AB(1)(i) of the Commonwealth's Family Law Act (1975) . However, the question remains as to whether social and legal responses to this presentation are adequate when children are left in the care and responsibility of parents who alienate them - a situation unlikely to occur in cases of sexual abuse.
This pubic symposium reviewed the issue of parental alienation and how current family law legislation and services are structured to protect children, as well as mums and dads (and significant others). Our guest speakers reviewed the steps that parents (and others) can take and the resources available to them. The latest research addressing this important, complex and emotive social issue was also presented by Mr Stan Korosi.
Research Tuesdays: Men's Health "Dispelling the myths" Aug 2017
The University of Adelaide Research Tuesdays event
Professor Robert Adams is a senior respiratory and general physician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and a member of the University of Adelaide’s Discipline of Medicine. He directs the Basil Hetzel Research Institute’s Health Observatory at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and chairs the SA Health Literacy Alliance.
Dr Sean Martin is a National Health and Medical Research Council early-career research fellow in the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health. He is also project manager for the Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study, one of Australia’s largest and longest running cohort studies of men and their health and well-being as they age.
Men, we’re often told, are their own worst enemies when it comes to health. Their poorer health outcomes, when compared to women, are often attributed to an apparent reluctance to seek help. We here at the University of Adelaide’s Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health argue otherwise. In this Research Tuesdays public symposium we set out to dispel the myths around men behaving badly when it comes to their health and re-shift the blame away from men and “masculinity” and back onto health services.
Our research has shown that:
- primary health care services and practitioners are not well equipped to effectively engage with men;
- if engagement improved, common conditions important to men such as lower urinary tract symptoms, erectile dysfunction and sleep problems could be better screened for; and
- as these conditions respond well to lifestyle changes (obesity, smoking, physical activity and alcohol consumption) these health checks may in turn help to reduce the risk of more serious conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and depression.