Men's Health Matters podcast

Young blood - Men's Health Matters podcast - with Callum McPherson

5/5 - “Insightful and raw:  Covers a lot of important ground on topics that need a lot more mainstream attention. The conversations are genuine, candid and raw. Can’t recommend enough.”

5/5 - “Excellent: Warm, honest conversations about topics I’m too often afraid to ask about, but glad to finally hear”

5/5 - Yesss!!  This podcast is super needed for men and society as a whole right now. Real empowering conversations. Thanks for putting this together Cal. Epic work ma man!! 5 stars all the wayyyy!

Welcome to "Young Blood" 

Young blood is a podcast about young men's health, sponsored by the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health. Your podcast host is young blood and Journalist Callum McPherson.  Callum's mission is to talk about stuff that matters and isn't talked about enough.  

“Young Blood - Men’s Health Matters” is the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health’s second podcast series. The podcasts are now available to listen to on iTunes, Spotify and most other podcast hosting platforms. The Centre is delighted to be collaborating with Callum MacPherson who is also passionate about better connecting with adolescent and young men around their health and well-being.    
Callum is a Young Blood.  Sadly, he lost a close friend to suicide earlier this year and this podcast series is dedicated to his mate.  But this is not just for young men.  As parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and colleagues of young men,  it is well worth a listen.  Mind health and well-being is a common thread throughout the podcasts.     
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The podcast relies on donations and sponsorship. If you are affiliated with any business or organisation who may like to sponsor Young Blood, please contact Callum at

Men's Health Matters Podcast -Series 1 

The first series of the men's health matters podcast series, hosted by Cameron Gyss, showcased some of our talented young scientists and the important research they are doing here at the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health... advancing the health and well-being of all men.“

  • Podcast #9 - All the boiz

    All the boiz

    Cam, Callum, and Tom

    To conclude Series 1 of the Men's Health Matters podcast,  Cameron sits down with two of his best mates, Callum and Tom ("all the boiz"), and has a frank conversation about men's health, and discusses what they feel are some of the important health issues facing young men.

    Cameron wasn't sure how this would pan out, given the subject matter was a bit foreign amongst friends. 

    Instead, it ended up being a great session with Callum and Tom being more than happy, when asked the questions, to share their own experiences and views on such matters as mental health, masculinity and manhood in the modern day, sexual health, and going to the doctor. 

    Podcast - All the boiz

  • Podcast #8 - ifarmwell

    Cameron Gyss and Alison Barrett

    Cam and Allison

    In this podcast, Alison Barrett, a farmer's daughter from Yorke Peninsula, SA, talks with Cameron about ifarmwell.

    Developed in partnership with Aussie farmers, ifarmwell takes strategies that clinical psychologists use to help people deal with situations beyond their control, and delivers these through an on-line confidential self-help resource. ifarmwell is not meant to replace, but rather complement, traditional health and other support services, that farmers may be able to call upon.

    Alison is the Research Assistant for the ifarmwell project which is led by Dr Kate Gunn (also of farming origin) from the University of South Australia. 

    ifarmwell was funded by NAB (the NAB Foundation), with additional funding from the Freemasons Foundation, the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health at the University of Adelaide and UniSA, and the collaboration includes these organisations and the National Centre for Farmers Health, VIC, and Livestock SA.

    Podcast - ifarmwell

  • Podcast #7 - Weighing in on obesity and PSA testing

    In this podcast, Dr Adel Aref weighs in on obesity and the results of the most widely used test for prostate cancer, the PSA test. 

    Using data from men from the Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study, Adel confirmed that the concentration of PSA in the blood is lower in men who are obese and he explains how this may be attributed to changes in sex hormones in obese men. 

    With 65% of men in Australia over the age of 25 being overweight or obese, these results have implications for the interpretation of PSA test results in general practice.

    Adel is a Medical Oncologist and PhD student in the Prostate Cancer Research Group, in the Adelaide Medical School at SAHMRI and a member of the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health. His supervisors are are A/Prof Lisa Butler, Prof Gary Wittert and Dr Michael O'Callaghan.

    Podcast - Weighing in on obesity and PSA testing

  • Podcast #6 - The sleeping giant

    In this podcast, Cameron talks to Dr Sarah Appleton about sleep.

    We all know that good sleep hygiene is crucial for good physical and mental health and well-being, equal to that of good nutrition and keeping fit. 

    In this podcast Sarah provides a run down of the findings from their recently completed National Sleep Survey which provided a snap shot of the Sleeping Giant - that is the extent of sleep problems and its ramifications in the community.

    Sarah is a Post-doctoral epidemiologist in the Adelaide Medical School, based at SAHMRI and the Basil Hetzel Institute, and member of the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health at the University of Adelaide.

    Podcast - The sleeping giant

  • Podcast #5 - How men talk about anxiety

    In this podcast, Phoebe Drioli-Phillips talks to Cameron about her research into men's help seeking for anxiety, and particular how men choose to introduce, discuss and seek support for their own anxiety from peers in on-line forums. 

    Her research uses naturalistic data (observing behaviour in a natural environment without any manipulation by the observer) to overcome potential problems of self report data.

    Phoebe is interested in discursive psychology, the social organisation of talk. Her ultimate goal is to better understand men's preferences for help seeking in order to create more male friendly health services, and enhance outcomes for men with anxiety.

    Phoebe is a PhD candidate in the School of Psychology and member of the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health at the University of Adelaide. Her supervisors are Professor Amanda Lecouteur and Dr Rebecca Feo.

    Podcast - How men talk about anxiety

  • Podcast #4 - The Low Down on LUTS... Lower urinary tract symptoms in men

    In this podcast, Sean admits that his chosen research field of lower urinary tract symptoms, or LUTS, is like an arranged marriage, which he has grown to love. 

    Sean does get serious quite quickly, however. He gives us the low down on LUTS, a common and often misunderstood condition affecting men. Listen to why LUTS is important, Sean referring to it as the 'canary in the coal mine'.

    Sean is an epidemiologist at the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health based at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). He holds a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Research Fellowship and has recently been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. He is Manager of the Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study (now MAILES study), one of Australia's most comprehensive population studies on male health and well-being with ageing.

    Podcast - The Low Down on Luts... Lower urinary tract symptoms in men

  • Podcast #3 - "Half sick" & gender-specific GP services

    In this podcast, Cameron chats with Kootsy about his discussions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men on going to the Doctor.

    He talks about the concept of being "half sick" and how the delivery of GP services doesn't work for many Indigenous guys; something that does nothing to address the gaps in health between Indigenous and non-Indigenous men.

    Kootsy, a sociology graduate, sees the benefits of gender-specific services. He says he didn't make it as a rugby player, so he is pursuing a career in research to make a difference to men's health and well-being.

    Kootsy is in his final year of his PhD at the Aboriginal Research Unit at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

    Podcast - "Half sick" & gender-specific GP services

  • Podcast #2 - Prostate cancer... at wAR with the androgen receptor!

    For this podcast, Luke explains why he, and an international team of scientists, are waging a war on the "androgen receptor (AR) protein" to combat advanced prostate cancer. 

    Luke returned to his home town of Adelaide after completing his postdoctoral research at Cancer Research UK in 2009, and now heads up the prostate cancer research program of the Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories

    Luke's scientific excellence has been acknowledged by his SA Tall Poppy award and by being one of a only a handful of non-US scientists awarded a Prostate Cancer Foundation (US) Fellowship.

    The podcast has guest commentary from Professor Wayne Tilley, Director of the DRMCRL and Dr Michael O'Callaghan, Senior Researcher & Educator of the South Australian Prostate Cancer Clinical Outcomes Collaboration registry.

    Podcast - Prostate cancer... at wAR with the androgen receptor!

  • Podcast #1 - Fitness trackers... Wasting your money or your waist?

    In this podcast, Camille forces Cameron to rethink his approach to fulfilling his new year's resolution, she gives her learned opinion on whether we are wasting our money on fitness trackers and discusses the potential of industry to work with researchers to build better e-health products.

    The podcast includes guest commentary from A/Professor Carole Maher from the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity at the University of South Australia.

    Camille is a behavioural scientist at the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health.

    She completed her PhD at the University of Newcastle in 2013, is a recipient of the SA Tall Poppy and Women in Science awards, both recognising outstanding young Aussie scientists, and holds a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Research Fellowship awarded by the Australian Government.

    Podcast - Fitness trackers... Wasting your money or your waist?