Wellbeing not Winning: Sport and Men’s Health in Aboriginal Communities

2 October 2012, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

We are convening this one-day research and practice symposium to bring together speakers with firsthand experience of issues associated with men’s health in the context of sport. Through sharing our experiences, we aim to gain fresh insights into meaningful ways in which young Aboriginal men can engage in sporting activities whilst fulfilling family and community obligations and retaining a connection to Country.

The day will consist of a series of short presentations of life experiences, practical projects and research insights to raise current issues and opportunities for young Aboriginal men playing sport today in Australia. Speakers include organizers of sporting events and leagues, practitioners who support people through their life-journeys, and academic researchers.

Following the presentations, a panel session will discuss opportunities to take practical steps towards assisting Aboriginal men in balancing their sporting talents and ambitions with their personal health and wellbeing and that of their families, communities and Country. We therefore aim to bring to the fore key issues to be addressed and commitment to the development of a collaborative research agenda that will engage communities, practitioners, sporting organizations, policy-makers and academics.

If you have further enquiries please contact Tim Butcher via email tim.butcher@rmit.edu.au, or call 03 9925 5142.

Event Details
Tuesday, 2 October 2012

RMIT City Campus
Emily McPherson Building (13)
Level 3, Room 7
Cnr of Russell and Victoria Streets
Melbourne  Vic  3000

RSVP to globalcities@rmit.edu.au by Tuesday, 25 September 2012.


Football in the Northern Territory. Photograph by Matty Day


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RMIT acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations as the traditional owners of the land on which the University stands, and respectfully recognises Elders past and present.