The Wollongong managing director and founder of the Top Blokes Foundation finds more opportunities to put the national spotlight on the social health of young men.
Top Blokes is hosting the National Boy’s Health Forum at NSW Parliament House on June 1.
Melissa Abu-Gazaleh said the forum will highlight the urgent need to invest financially, politically and socially in preventative measures to address the social health of young males.
Issues being explored at the annual event include masculinity and its impact on marginalised young men as well as understanding gender and sexuality and how to improve outcomes for all young men.
Finding ways to engaging young men more in education will also be discussed.
The forum will also present latest research on how many social issues impacting our communities can be improved by addressing young male social health and welfare.
There will be panel discussion on how changes in government, education and business can improve the state of young men’s health outcomes and other social barriers affecting Australian young men.
Among those presenting are Jeremy Fernandez, of ABC News, Brett Paradise, Elvir Catovic, Dr Tim Hawkes, Dr Anna Hickey-Moody and Professor Stephen Tomsen.
The forum is free to attend but registrations are required at www.topblokes.org.au.
Ms Abu-Gazaleh is NSW Young Australian of the Year.