National Men’s Health Week launched by AFP Commissioner

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National Men’s Health Week 2018 (11-17 June 2018) has been officially launched by Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Andrew Colvin.

With a focus on families and healthy connections this year will celebrate connections men can make to improve their health.

The AFP has recently established a network of Men’s Sheds where members and male partners of members can get together in an informal setting to participate in activities to improve their health and wellbeing.

Speaking at the launch, Commissioner Colvin said that the operational tempo of the AFP can sometimes leave members feeling tired, run down and stressed.

 “I immensely value the contribution our members make every day and I acknowledge that the work we do can sometimes take its toll,” Commissioner Colvin said.

“With the focus being on men’s health today, it is important to highlight support options available to males.

“Initiatives like the AFP Men’s Shed are vital avenues for AFP members to talk, recharge and connect with other members.”

Director of the Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre, Professor John Macdonald said that the support we get from family and friends is important for our mental and physical health.

“Men’s Health Week is an important opportunity to acknowledge the way that connection with family will benefit a man’s health, and conversely how a man can connect and contribute to his family, whatever shape that family is,” says Professor Macdonald.

For more information, or to register an event for Men’s Health Week go to: http://www.menshealthweek.org.au/

Comments made by Commissioner Colvin, Professor John McDonald, AFP Chief Medical Officer, Dr Katrian Sanders and AFP Superintendent Dan Evans at the launch can be viewed via the following link: https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/kjuoNImrXq/YWZwbmF0aW9uYWxtZWRpYUBhZnAuZ292LmF1 

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