NACCHO Male Health News: Update from the South East Region Koori Men’s Facilitators Network

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 The South East Koori Men’s Facilitators Network in NSW was recently established  to achieve a major priority in Aboriginal health.

That is, getting  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men’s health and thier social and emotional well being back to what it once was.

Dwayne Bannon -Harrison on of the organisers said that the network may have had had diversity in culture and communities however there was connectedness,need and oneness “for our mob  to bring the Warrior back. ”

 The network pictured above  gathered recently at the South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation (SCMSAC) , Regional Services Outreach Office in Falls Creek near Nowra on the NSW South Coast.

There were Aboriginal health workers, AOD Workers, Men’s Group/program facilitators, Funding body representatives, ACCHO board members and mental health workers. The workers all work and are involved with Aboriginal & TSI Men’s Programs, coming from communities all over the South Coast and South East Region  


This Network was initiated by SCMSAC –SU/SEWB workers Dwayne Bannon-Harrison & Nathan Deaves, the core focus of this network is to give support to the facilitators on how to establish and maintain Aboriginal Men’s Groups and importantly look after and support the SEWB of the facilitators.

 The inaugural meeting was the transfer of knowledge and discussion in regards to Men’s health and SEWB was powerful and very proactive.

Key points and issues were recorded and the strategies on how to counteract those issues will be worked on at the next meeting at the Illawarra Koori Men’s Group Facility in Albion Park NSW on the 13th May 2013. The meetings will be taken all around the region so they can be co-facilitated and hosted by the communities in the network.

Any further enquiries or request for information can be forwarded on to

Dwayne Bannon-Harrison – 0422 233 296

Nathan Deaves –  0412 422 026   


Eric Winch; Illawarra Health & Illawarra Men’s Group Facilitator

Shane Venebles; Illawarra Men’s Group Coordinator

Des Rogers; Congress (Ingkintja) Alice Springs

Mark Saunders; NACCHO Men’s Health Research & Policy Officer

John Bolt; Illawarra Health & SCMSAC Board member

Les Davidson; SCMSAC AOD Outreach Worker & Men’s Group Facilitator 

Darren Beetson; Wandama D/A AOD worker &/Men’s Group facilitator

Joe Brierley; South Coast Medicare Local& Men’s Group Facilitator 

Ray Smith; FAHCSIA & Indigenous Coordination Centre Batemans Bay

Bruce Sutton; SCMSAC Tobacco Action & Healthy Lifestyle Worker

Ronnie Thomas; Illawarra Health Community Health Worker

Darcy Trindall; SCMSAC Tobacco Action & Healthy Lifestyle Worker

Shane Friend; Illawarra Health Aboriginal AOD worker

Warren Field; SCMSAC AOD Outreach Worker & Men’s Group Facilitator 

Daniel Malcon; Illawarra Health Sexual Health Worker

Paul Carbery; Oolong/ Healing House Men’s Program & Respite Facilitator

Colin Cowell; NACCHO National Media and Communications Adviser

Dwayne Bannon- Harrison; SCMSAC Men’s Group Facilitator

Nathan Deaves: SCMSAC SU/SEWB


Brendan Church; Aboriginal Justice Centre CEO

Peter Savage; Aboriginal Justice Centre BTH Worker

Warren Daley; Aboriginal Justice Centre Case Worker

Steve Jackson; Katungul AMS AOD Worker

David Naden; Winnunga AMS AOD Worker

Ian Bateman; Winnunga AMS SEWB Team Leader Healthy Lifestyle

David Maher; Wandama D/A AOD Worker & Men’s Group Facilitator

Dennis Scott; South Coast Medicare Local & Men’s Group Facilitator

Chris Ardler; Oolong/ Healing House Men’s Program & Respite Facilitator


National White Ocre Day-Aboriginal Male Health Day

Canberra 8 August 2013

More details; Mark Saunders NACCHO