South Australian Men's Health Peer Education

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In South Australia there are 14 Men's Health Peer Education (MHPE) volunteers, primarily located in the Adelaide Metropolitan region. We also have volunteers in the country areas of Barossa Valley, Fleurieu Peninsula and the Riverland.

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The volunteers

MHPE volunteers in South Australia do the following:

  • Provide peer-to-peer support to veterans to encourage men to look after their health
  • Deliver health presentations to ex-service and community organisations
  • Distribute health information to the veteran community
  • Promote the MHPE programme in their local area
  • Host and assist with Veterans' Health Week activities and Men’s Health Week events
  • Distribute the National MHPE magazine
  • Assist DVA staff to promote the MHPE programme at various community events

The level of involvement and time is up to the individual volunteer, depending on their commitments.

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Volunteer profile

Richard Kirkman

SA MHPE Volunteer Representative

Photo of Richard KirkmanI served in the RAN for over 20 years (1964–1985) as an Avionics Technician and a Technical Instructor. I saw operational service in Malaya and Vietnam during that time on the HMAS Melbourne (II) and the HMAS Sydney (III) 'Vung Tau Ferry'.

On my discharge, I became a TAFE Lecturer of Electronic Engineering. Then later worked at the University of Adelaide teaching academic English to international students. I am retired, however I still tutor students on a part-time basis which keeps my brain very active.

My involvement in the MHPE Volunteer Program began in 2012 after attending a MHPE Recall Training Day. I then joined the three-day training in 2013 and have been an active volunteer since.

As State Volunteer Representative, it is my responsibility to liaise with all other MHPE Volunteers in SA and assist them in any way I can. This can be accompanying them to an Ex-Service Organisation where they have been invited to present a topic or just having a coffee with them or talking on the phone occasionally when they need to 'chat'.

As my role within the community is quite varied being both physically and mentally fit is an on-going goal for me. I participate weekly in an outdoor fitness group, and attend sessions with an Exercise Physiologist. Mindfulness has helped me cope with the day-to-day pressures of life, and to deal with the tough times that confront us all.

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Contact information

For enquiries about the SA MHPE program, contact:

  • Ana Teleki
    DVA South Australia MHPE Coordinator
    Phone: (08) 8290 0301
    Email: MHPESA [at]

If you would like to speak to a SA MHPE volunteer, contact:

  • Richard Kirkman
    SA MHPE Volunteer Representative
    Phone: 0413 813 437
    Email: bkandrc [at]
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