Men’s Health and Wellbeing WA was established in 1997 by a passionate group of twenty men from a diverse range of professional and social backgrounds. However, what these men had in common was a drive to support community services and men to achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes for the boys and men of Western Australia.
This group of men saw the growing challenge of poor health and wellbeing outcomes for many men across the community. This group of men believed that improving boy’s and men’s physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, sexual, relationship, social and community health and wellbeing was both important and possible. This group of men were pioneers. No other State or Territory had anything similar and so these courageous men lead the way to incorporate as an association and become the state’s peak body for men’s health and wellbeing. They called themselves the Men’s Health Independent Advisory Network.
The Men’s Health Independent Advisory Network soon merged with the Men’s Health and Wellbeing Association Inc. In the years following, the association has tirelessly advocated for funding and initiatives to improve the state of men’s health in WA and provided a well-respected and invaluable service to the community.
Over the years, there have been a couple of name changes – from the Men’s Health Independent Advisory Network, to MAN – Healthier Directions for Males, to our current name of Men’s Health and Wellbeing WA. However, what hasn’t changed is our mission to improve the health and wellbeing of men in Western Australia
From the humble beginnings of this band of volunteers having a yarn in Fremantle WA, Men’s Health and Wellbeing WA has evolved into a mature association that receives ongoing support from the Department of Health and individuals across the WA community. Inspired by a small group of men who wanted to make a difference, the men and women of MAN continues to strive to improve the health and wellbeing of all boys and men in Western Australia.
We are dedicated to providing the leadership to drive improved health and wellbeing outcomes for boys and men in the Western Australian community.