INDIGENOUS HEALTH IS AN AREA WE SHOULD ALL TAKE SERIOUSLY. THE MEN OF MALVERN CERTAINLY DO!
So far we have contributed $65,000 to a PhD scholarship supporting indigenous man Lyndon Reilly, with a further $35,000 to be given in September 2016. His PhD course of study explores the significance of existing groups as a cultural safe place for men to consider and develop a framework to address issues associated with sexual and reproductive health.
We have previously funded three small grants to support indigenous projects, and had young indigenous doctor Rob James as our speaker at a dinner meeting.
Lyndon has a B.Ed. and a Master of Arts. The latter thesis was entitled “Through the eyes of blackfella’s” which explored, identified and documented Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men’s Groups and their respective attempts to improve individual,
family and community well-being. After this Lyndon was Senior Research Officer at University of Queensland and James Cook University, and in 2011 took on a role with the Royal Flying Doctor Service as Mental Health Promotion Officer, and in the last year has been combining this with a role with the Department of Health and Aging. This programmer is centered around “Strong fathers, strong families”.
Lyndon has now taken on the challenge of full time study at the highest level, undertaking studies toward a Doctor of Philosophy, which he will do at James Cook University
Lyndon was interviewed and national Indigenous TV about his this work and you can see this 15 minute interview by opening link below.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Men’s groups have been established in many communities throughout Australia. These men’s groups’ while diverse, have similar priorities with regards to empowering men, supporting, and addressing the factors identified as contributing to social dissatisfaction and poor health and wellbeing in Indigenous communities (Reilly 2008). Therefore, men’s groups can act as a socially visible mechanism, and seen as effective and responsible place for men to check in on their sexual and reproductive, as well as general health. This PhD course of study will explore the significance of these groups as a cultural safe place for men to consider and develop a framework to address issues associated with sexual and reproductive health.