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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