Men’s Health Peer Education

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What is the Men’s Health Peer Education (MHPE) Program

The MHPE Program raises awareness about men’s health issues in the veteran community. The program supports and educates members of the veteran and ex-service community and encourages men to share responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.

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How it works

MHPE operates in all Australian states and territories through a network of trained volunteers.

MHPE volunteers share information in a number of ways, including:

  • giving talks on health issues at ex-service organisation meetings
  • setting up or working with a men’s shed
  • running stands at community expos, field days or health conferences
  • organising or supporting a Veterans’ Health Week or International Men’s Health Week event
  • chatting about health issues to mates at social events
  • encouraging and supporting veterans to take part in any relevant Health Promotion initiatives such as Pit Stop training, the Cooking for One or Two program and 10,000 Steps Challenge

Currently, any support can only be provided in accordance with each State and Territory’s requirements under COVID-19 restrictions.

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5, 10, 15 and 20 Year recognition for MHPE Volunteers

May was a special time for our Men’s Health Peer Education (MHPE) volunteers as it is the month to celebrate National Volunteer Week (17–23 May 2021).

This year, MHPE had a total of 46 volunteers receive a lapel badge, certificate and letter signed by the Repatriation Commissioner Don Spinks AM, in recognition of their commitment to the MHPE program.

MHPE reached a milestone this year, attaining 20 years as an ongoing program, whose volunteers do wonderful work in the community, encouraging veterans to improve their health and wellbeing. Thirteen of the current cohort of volunteers from all over Australia were recruited when MHPE first started, and to mark this occasion, DVA had a 20-year lapel pin designed and produced to join the suite of recognition badges for 5, 10 and 15 years of volunteering.

The continued commitment and dedication of our volunteers is appreciated by both DVA and by members of the ex-service community. It is volunteers such as these who have made the MHPE program a success.

DVA would like to recognise and thank all the MHPE volunteers for their energy and commitment.

20 years

  • Mr Gerry Bailey
  • Mr Malcolm Bush
  • Mr David Williams
  • Mr Robert Crust
  • Mr Don Donnelly
  • Mr Lindsay Muddle
  • Mr Gary Treeve
  • Mr Barry Somers
  • Mr Sean O’Mara OAM
  • Mr Peter Harvey
  • Mr Kevin Moss
  • Mr Damian Dixon OAM
  • Mr Peter Lawrence
  • Mr Alan White

15 years

  • Mr Bruce Reedman
  • Mrs Alison Bowman
  • Mr Syd Cooper
  • Mr Raymond Kuschert
  • Mrs Veronica Kuschert
  • Dr Roderick Bain OAM
  • Mr Keith Bleechmore
  • Mr Ron Boyce

10 years

  • Mr Ron Blanchard
  • Mr Warren Churchland
  • Mr Allan Edgar
  • Mr Robert Postlethwaite
  • Mr Graham Rice
  • Mr Steve Tulloh
  • Mr Ray Mastorgio
  • Mr John Vickary
  • Mr Geoff Whittet

5 years

  • Mr Eric Aitkins
  • Ms Judy Bartlett
  • Mr Jason Becker
  • Mr Graham Clarke
  • Mr Ian Jones
  • Mr Alastair MacKenzie
  • Mr Glenn Woodward
  • Mr Terry Byrne
  • Mr Tony Sten
  • Mr Gary Stone
  • Mr Graham Tongs
  • Mr Steven Turner
  • Mr Ian Taylor
  • Mr David Tanner
  • Mr Bernard Swales
  • Mrs Peta Richards
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Men’s Health Peer Education Magazine

The Men’s Health Peer Education Magazine is no longer being published. Veteran health and wellbeing featured articles are now being published in the Vetaffairs newspaper. Email vetaffairs [at] if you wish to receive a quarterly copy of Vetaffairs.

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More MHPE resources

If you’d like to find out more about MHPE in your local area, you can contact your state or territory’s DVA MHPE coordinator between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday:

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What other help is available

Open Arms

A health and wellbeing portal that provides resources for you and your family.

Veteran Health Check

A health check with your GP that can help optimise physical and mental health and wellbeing and connect you with support after you transition from the ADF

Free mental health care for veterans

We can cover the cost of treatment for all mental health conditions without having to prove the conditions relate to your ADF service.

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