Men's Health Peer Education
The Men's Health Peer Education web site provides:
- Information on health and lifestyle issues
- Online MHPE Magazine
- Volunteer Training information and calendar
- Contact details for obtaining more information
What is Men's Health Peer Education?
The Men's Health Peer Education (MHPE) program was funded as part of the supplementary package of support provided by the Australian Government in response to the validated findings of the Vietnam Veterans' Health Study.
The concept for the Men's Health Peer Education program came from the veteran community. It is based on a Tasmanian pilot conducted in 1999 by the Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia (Tas). The pilot was in response to the recognition that Vietnam veterans experienced a higher incidence of certain conditions, including coronary heart disease, prostate cancer, high alcohol consumption and related conditions and diabetes.
Following the pilot project and national consultation with veteran communities, the MHPE program was set up to raise awareness about men's health issues by encouraging all members of the veteran and ex-service community to share the responsibility for managing their own health and well being. To achieve this aim, the program trains volunteers from all age groups to provide health information to members of the veteran and ex-service community.
What does a volunteer do?
After attending a training course run by the DVA, the volunteer agrees to share this health information with others. This can be done via many channels: for example, giving a talk on a health issue at a local community group or ex-service organisation meeting; setting up or working with ‘Men’s Sheds’, running a stand at a community expo; or personally chatting to a person, such as with a mate at a barbeque.
The range of ways to spread the word on men’s health is quite diverse. How the volunteer chooses to do this is up to their own personal style and what they feel most comfortable doing.
It is also up to the volunteer to decide on their own time commitment. Some may predominantly ‘work’ one day or night per week, while others may opt to ‘work’ when events come up (for example, setting up a stall at an air-show and manning it for the whole weekend).
The MHPE Volunteer must sign a Volunteer Agreement, agreeing to abide by the MHPE Volunteer Code of Conduct and Roles and Responsibilities and to share health information with others.
DVA is not able to cover out-of-pocket expenses for phone, travel, purchase of equipment and general administrative expenses involved in the normal day-to-day role of volunteering. DVA funding and/or reimbursement may be available to assist volunteers to run key MHPE events or services such as an expo stand. DVA may also cover volunteer travel and out-of-pocket expenses for DVA MHPE organised events. DVA funding of volunteer activities requires prior approval and will be at the discretion of the DVA MHPE State / Territory Coordinator.
MHPE Volunteer Training
The MHPE program trains volunteers to provide health information to their veteran peers to assist them in making informed lifestyle choices around their health. .
For further information refer to Volunteer Training.
DVA MHPE Coordinators
For specific information about the MHPE program in your State or Territory, refer to State Information or please contact the relevant DVA MHPE Coordinator.
The MHPE Magazine is published three times a year in March, July and November. Each issue covers a topical health theme with articles contributed by health professionals, DVA staff and MHPE volunteers.
You can request to receive free copies of the magazine and you can also read the current and past issues online. For further information refer to MHPE Magazine.
Health and Lifestyle Information
DVA undertakes regular reviews of this website to ensure the accuracy of the health education information supplied. DVA does not guarantee non-DVA information is complete, correct or up to date past February 2009.
Any decision about personal health requirements should be taken in conjunction with professional medical advice.
Permission is given by the Australian Government for the manual or website to be copied, without payment, for educational or non-profit/community purposes only. Any other use will require the written permission of DVA and may require the written permission of other copyright owners. To the best of DVA's knowledge, copyright permission has been obtained for any non-Australian Government material included on this website for the use of such material for educational purposes.
If you believe there has been an error or omission in any of the material, please contact DVA.
All other rights reserved
Apart from use permitted above or under the Copyright Act 1968 (e.g. 'fair dealing'), no part of this website may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, including electronic, digital, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of DVA.
DVA would like to thank Mr David Moles, Vietnam Veteran and Chairman of the Tasmanian pilot project for his help and advice in setting up the national Men's Health Peer Education program.
DVA is grateful to all health care providers and organisations that have assisted MHPE by providing health education material and expert advice.
All cartoons shown on this website are drawn solely for use by the Men’s Health Peer Education program, by Mr Grant Hoskinson.
Further links and resources
Be Active for Life
Eat Well Eat Smart
Getting a Good Night's Sleep
Alcohol and other drugs
Living with chronic illness
Mental Health and illness
Talking with your doctor
Promoting Healthy Behaviours
An e-mail address has been established to take feedback and comments on your experiences with the MHPE program.