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MomenTIM (Tomorrow's Indigenous Men) Improving the Mental Health and Well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young men and boys

Movember Funding to Date

AUD 2,675,800

What we seek to achieve

To improve the mental health and well-being of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men by bringing together a coalition of clinical and non clinical services in an integrated, whole of community approach.

Country
Australia
Implemented by
Institute for Urban Indigenous Health
Project start date
December 2014
Project Status
In Progress

About the project

MomenTIM brings together both clinical and community supports for a more integrated and holistic approach to mental health and well-being services targeted at young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) men.  
The key elements of MomenTIM include. 

  • Engagement of young Indigenous men.  
  • A marketing campaign aimed at de-stigmatizing mental health and encouraging personal conversations about mental health.  This campaign includes the design of a line of fashionable and popular apparel for young Indigenous men to be available through incentivised health checks and program participation.
  • Improved clinical access and pathways for young Indigenous men.  
  • Community Coalitions to build a whole of community response to address the mental health issues of young Indigenous men.  
  • Delivery of TIM (Tomorrow’s Indigenous Men) program in schools and in the community.  TIM is designed to empower our young Indigenous men to take control of their health and well-being, focusing on cultural identity, leadership, healthy relationships and mental health.  
  • Professional Development to build the professional and personal capacity of the project team.  
  • Research and evaluation built on both clinical and qualitative data. 
  • The clinical and community supports are free and available to those young Indigenous men that satisfactorily complete a health assessment and meet the age requirements of the project.  MomenTIM is currently being managed in Deception Bay (Brisbane) and Mount Isa in Queensland; and Wellington, New South Wales, in order to provide a mix of urban, rural and remote communities.  
MomenTIM is overseen by a Governance Committee.   This Committee includes the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), CEOs from 3 Aboriginal Medical Services, IUIH Clinical Services Director, University of Queensland Research Officers, MomenTIM Regional Coordinator and IUIH Communications Team Leader and meets bi-monthly.

There are a number of other committees established to focus on particular parts of MomenTIM including research, marketing, program development and community coalitions.

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