Men’s Health Peer Education program

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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
  • working with men’s sheds and organisations
  • 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 and wellbeing initiatives.

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

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Recognition for MHPE volunteers

In May 2022 as part of National Volunteer Week, we recognised the service of 27 individuals who achieved volunteering milestone anniversaries with the MHPE Program.

Thank you for your years of service, and for caring about your fellow veterans’ health and wellbeing.

20 years

  • Judith Carthew NSW
  • Ken Foster NSW

15 years

  • John Macartney NSW
  • Lyne Mooney NSW
  • Malcolm Scott NSW
  • Wayne Mason NSW
  • Ian Dainer QLD
  • Trevor Pope QLD
  • Ray Barling VIC
  • Alex Lennox WA

10 years

  • Bob Turner NSW
  • Desmond Bowlay NSW
  • James McCann NSW
  • James Belford NSW
  • Peter Kearsey NSW
  • David Smith QLD
  • Gordon O’Donohue QLD
  • John Robinson OAM QLD
  • Suzanne McGee QLD
  • Paul Tyson SA
  • Trevor Klose SA

5 years

  • Martin Tanzer VIC
  • John Hunter SA
  • Daniel O’Connor QLD
  • Veronica (Ronnie) Grant WA
  • Robert Ian Lennox WA
  • Robert Gates WA

Each year in May as part of National Volunteer Week we celebrate significant milestones and recognise years of service from our volunteers. Stay tuned for the 2022 award recipients.

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MHPE news

Veteran health and wellbeing featured articles are published in the Vetaffairs digital newspaper and on DVA e-news.

Vetaffairs is DVA’s official newspaper for Australia’s veteran community published three times a year. Email vetaffairs [at] dva.gov.au if you wish to receive a printed copy or you can subscribe to the electronic version of Vetaffairs.

DVA e-news is a brief electronic newsletter emailed to subscribers. It comprises articles published on the Latest news for veterans page, which is updated regularly. Feel free to subscribe to DVA e-news.

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MHPE contacts

If you’d like to find out more about MHPE in your local area, you can contact your state or territory’s Community Support Adviser.

Call 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372) and ask for your state or territory's Community Support Adviser or email us.

  • Community Support Advisers:
    • QLD — email CSA.QLD [at] dva.gov.au
    • WA — email CSA.WA [at] dva.gov.au
    • VIC — email CSA.VIC [at] dva.gov.au
    • TAS — email CSA.TAS [at] dva.gov.au
    • NT — email CSA.NT [at] dva.gov.au
    • SA — email CSA.SA [at] dva.gov.au
    • NSW and ACT — email CSA.NSW.ACT [at] dva.gov.au
  • State Volunteer Representatives:
    • QLD — Lew MacLeod — email lewrose1 [at] bigpond.com or call 0409 000 210
    • WA — Dean Dyer — email deandyer [at] iinet.net.au or call 0403 185 373
    • VIC — Ray Barling — email admin [at] lersl.com.au or call 0427 846 864
    • SA — Paul (Tich) Tyson — email easterbaby1951 [at] gmail.com or call 0409 170 237
    • NSW and ACT — John Macartney — email jrmaca [at] bigpond.com or call 0427 787 296
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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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MHPE volunteer training and resources

Online training using DVAtrain

Current MHPE volunteers can access DVA online training. You will need to register with a code. Email community.support [at] dva.gov.au for the code and registration instructions.

Training resources and guest speakers (XLSX 17 KB)

A general list of training resources and guest speakers for MHPE volunteers.

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