Thursday, 19 June 2014

Health for the modern man: Andrology Australia Forum delights delegates

Andrology Australia recently hosted its annual forum in Launceston, the following article is written by Andrology Australia. 

A foggy start to the first day of the Andrology Australia 2014 Forum belied the many highlights of the meeting. About 100 delegates from across Australia, representing a range of professional backgrounds and organisations, attended the two-day meeting in Launceston. Adam Thompson from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre gave the Welcome to Country in Palawa Kani, and reminded delegates that health is not just physical, but also includes emotional and spiritual well-being. These themes continued throughout the meeting. The Hon. Michael Ferguson MP, Tasmanian Minister for Health, gave a warm opening address, announcing continued support for men’s sheds in the State. The audience was then treated to some most memorable presentations.

Kicking off with Peter Brukner, Australian Cricket Team Doctor, who gave a unique insight into the highs and lows of elite sports performance—and an update on the World Cup scores! And Gavin Crosisca, former AFL player, who gave a courageous account of his personal struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, putting into perspective the pressures that young males often contend with when not in a position to share their emotions.

A number of contemporary issues affecting men, particularly young men, were presented, leading to much discussion among delegates and speakers. Many delegates agreed that it was one of the best meetings they had attended in recent years, with opportunities to apply many of their learnings in their routine practice.

Andrology Australia acknowledge all the sponsors for their support in being able to convene the Forum and thank the speakers, organisers and delegates for making it such a success. We look forward to planning the 2015 Forum.

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