Authors: Gregory Smith
Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Men Care Too – Highlighting the Experiences of Men in Unpaid Caring Roles
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Introducing the topic of unpaid care through a personal story of lived experience, Men Care Too will explore relationships between the male caring role and topics such as masculinity, male suicide, health and social services workforce and social connectedness. Diversity of men in caring roles will be explored to encourage consideration of the social and emotional needs for male carers from ATSI, CALD and GBTI backgrounds along with reference to young men and seniors caring for someone. Discussion will then focus on how the Men Care Too online resource is aiming to support and encourage men in caring roles whilst also helping shape a more inclusive and effective approach to the management, planning and delivery of carer policy and programs. Men Care Too promotes discussion to improve social connectedness, physical and emotional wellbeing and utilisation of services by the 1.2 million men in Australia who are caring for someone with an illness or disability.