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Victorian Men’s Health Peer Education

Currently, there are 12 Men’s Health Peer Education (MHPE) volunteers throughout Victoria. The volunteers are involved in local ex-service organisations and many also have other volunteering roles.

9 Men standing in a line wearing MHPE shirts

The volunteers

The Victorian volunteers provide peer-to-peer support to veterans and other men in the community.  The volunteers focus is on promoting health and wellbeing and are involved in the following events and activities:

  • Deliver health presentations to veteran community groups
  • Distribute health Information to the veteran community
  • Get involved in Veterans' Health Week activities
  • Distribute the National MHPE magazine

As part of the support offered to MHPE volunteers, DVA conducts facilitated Recall Training each year.  Recall Training provides volunteers with new information on health topics and networking opportunities. Volunteers receive regular updates through the MHPE National magazine and associated newsletters.

News and events

MHPE Recall Day

The Victorian Recall Day was held on 17 October 2018 at the Melbourne Office.

The Community Support team presented on a range of topics throughout the day. Topics included communicating online using the platforms available. The volunteers thoroughly enjoyed testing their knowledge of text message abbreviations and emojis.

The volunteers were presented with two nutritional topics, including the importance of mindful eating and an interactive virtual supermarket tour. Practical strategies were discussed to help reduce the risk of developing dietary related chronic diseases.

A ‘not-so-virtual supermarket tour’, was showcased to demonstrate how communicating via text messages could generate discussion about food choices.

All the volunteers presented on their involvement with their communities over the past few months.

Marty Tanzer shared his experiences on the excellent work carried out by Young Veterans Sale. The group engage with younger veterans by collaborating with local community group and Ex-Service Organisations to develop activities which focus on improving veteran’s health and wellbeing.

Veterans' Health Week

Veterans’ Health Week saw a number of our volunteers organising and participating in this year’s activities, including:

  • Alan White attended the Highett and Bentleigh RSL activity, which involved a healthy food cook off.
  • Marty Tanzer helped organised a number of activities, this included: a healthy luncheon, a smoothie making workshop, an online shopping tutorial and a local shopping tour.
  • Gary Treeve attended the Albury RSL activity. Gary introduced the topic of Nutrition which generated some great discussion followed by the participants enjoying healthy salad and smoked meat rolls.
  • Gordon Trail attended the Epworth Geelong VHW activity which consisted of the healthy ANZAC biscuit bake off between chefs at the Aged Care facility and the hospital.

A group of smiling women and men of diffrent ages

Volunteer profile

Alan White — MHPE Volunteer RepresentativeAlan White smiling for the camera

Alan White, also a Vietnam veteran, has been involved in the program since the beginning and was part of the first training group in Vic in 2001. Currently Alan is the Volunteer Representative. Alan is a previous committee member of the RAAF Vietnam Veterans' Association and previous board member of the RAAF Association (Vic).

Alan welcomes direct contact from the veteran community. Alan states the following:

"Keeping fit healthy and active is a priority for me; with walking, bike riding and swimming. I’m lucky to live fifteen minutes from the beach, so for me a dip in the bay is a great start to my day. Leading by example is a good way to demonstrate health and wellness when talking to groups.  This also means having balance in my life; getting out to socialise by meeting friends for coffee, movies and allowing myself to have time out. Relaxing can be difficult, but Im working on it!"

Who to contact

For enquiries about the VIC MHPE program, contact DVA VIC MHPE Coordinator.

If you would like to speak to a Victorian volunteer, contact the VIC MHPE Volunteer Representatives below:

VIC MHPE Metro Volunteer Representative

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