The 2016 Men’s Health Business Breakfast, held to showcase the important Research being undertaken by the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health, attended by 250 guests, was held on Wednesday 7th September 2016. 

 

After a welcome by Research Fellow, Dr. Luke Selth, donning his Crows scarf to remind the audience of what was soon to take place on the Oval behind him,  Dr. Roger Patron AM, Principal Patron of the Centre, introduced the Guest Speaker, Mr. John Brogden AM, Chairman of Lifeline and Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

 

John gave an honest and brave account of his history of depression, and the factors leading to this, and his suicide attempt, and talked about how he has used his experience to drive a strong agenda for Australia to become a nation where there is no suicide.  John ‘baring it all’ talked about an “age of enlightenment” when it comes to eliminating stigma around mental health, particularly in men, and reminded the crowd that as businessmen and researchers we all have a role to play in reaching our goals. The crowd were overwhelmingly moved by his address. 

 

VWBro. Don Sarah AM, Chairman, Freemasons Foundation, closed the meeting, thanking the University of Adelaide for partnering with the Foundation to support Men’s Health Research, and used an unscripted opportunity to call up some of the young researchers supported by the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health to give an overview of their research.  

 

VWBro. D. Sarah, A.M.

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