A Literature Review for Indigenous Men’s Groups

McCalman, Janya, Tsey, Komla, Wenitong, Mark, Whiteside, Mary, Haswell, Melissa, Cadet-James, Yvonne, and Wilson, Andrew (2006) A Literature Review for Indigenous Men’s Groups. Report. James Cook University, Cairns, QLD, Australia. (Unpublished)

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The vision of Indigenous men has been to take greater responsibility themselves to improve the status of men’s health and play their rightful role as leaders, fathers, uncles, husbands and grandfathers. They have adopted a diverse range of strategies, including the development of community-based men’s groups.

Although there is considerable diversity in the composition and priorities of Indigenous Men’s Groups, they have a common aim of empowering men, supporting and being a role model for younger Indigenous men, and addressing the factors identified as contributing to social dissatisfaction and poor health and wellbeing in Indigenous communities. The scope of men’s groups is often very broad and holistic and they face a huge range of expectations, issues and challenges. Their resource base is generally very limited. It can be extremely challenging for men’s groups to know where to start, or how to direct their energies for maximum impact.

This literature review is intended to provide a guide for men’s group leaders (and those who support them). It provides a brief overview of the available best practice evidence for a range of strategic initiatives which Indigenous men may consider to be important. It indicates possible directions and related issues which may help men’s groups clarify or prioritise their vision, assist with planning and implementing strategies, or provide evidence as a basis for advocacy to other organisations.

How reliable are the sources of information used: The review is based on relevant Australian and international literature. It was conducted by searching multiple databases of the Austhealth library for relevant publications listed between 2001-2005. The breadth of this literature review has meant that both the theoretical frameworks and specific program or issue areas have been canvassed only to the extent of extracting key learnings. Hence, it is recommended that men’s groups that wish to focus on any specific area should conduct their own targeted literature search.

Item ID: 10647
Item Type: Report (Report)
ISBN: 0 86443 756 10
Keywords: Indigenous men; empowerment; community-based men's groups; health and wellbeing; leaders; advocacy
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2010 04:33
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 70%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920505 Mens Health @ 30%
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