Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre
Lifelong Learning, Lifelong Health

If lifelong learning is the key to good health, then we had best be clear on some of the practices that help boys engage with learning and education. This section provides resources that have been found to be useful in encouraging boys to stay motivated to learn and to encourage teachers and educators to better understand what motivates boys to engage with learning.

Men's Health Peer Education

The Men's Health Peer Education (MHPE) program raises awareness about men's health issues and encourages men to share responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.

The program began as a result of the Vietnam Veterans' Health Study revealing a higher rate of health issues among Vietnam Veterans. The program operates across all Australian states and territories, through a network of trained volunteers working with the veteran and ex-service community.

Sharing health information:

Volunteers share health information in a range of ways, including the following:

  • giving a talk on a health issue at an ex-service organisation meeting
  • setting up or working with a 'Men's Shed'
  • running a stand at a community expo, field day or health conference
  • organising or supporting a Veterans’ Health Week and/or International Men's Health Week event
  • distributing the MHPE Magazine and other health resources
  • chatting about health issues to a mate at a barbeque
  • encouraging and supporting veterans to participate in DVA Health Promotion initiatives such as Pit Stop training, the Cooking for one or two program and 10,000 Steps Challenge

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The Learning Partnership: Engaging Boys For Success A Focus On Vulnerable Communities

tlp logo This Canadian study conducted in 2014 in Toronto examines the gender gap in education between boys and girls and gives useful suggestions to address and reduce the gender gap issues in communities nationally and internationally with recommendations to schools, boards of education, communities and government. 

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DEEWR: Resources To Engage Boys In Education

Educating Boys Report The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations has produced these guides directed at teachers to enhance engagement of boys in learning. The messages from this resource hold some applicable lessons for anyone trying to engage boys and young men in learning settings.

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