Real Media Real Change (RMRC) focuses on bringing awareness to the real world effects of new and traditional media in our everyday lives.
RMRC is once again proud to support The Girl To Woman Festival which will be held Sunday the 22nd of January 2017 at Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre. RMRC co-director Rebecca Asquith will be presenting at the event alongside Natalie Benhayon, Kristy Wood, Simon Asquith, Ray Karam, with performances from artists Rachael Kane, the Glorious Music Band, and many more. See the full program at the website.
Read More and Book your early bird tickets at the Girl to Woman Festival website.
When I was 19 I was robbed in a public park near my home. It was dark and I never saw the assailant’s face. He yanked the bag forcibly from around my neck, scaled a nearby fence and was gone. The incident was frightening and yet the threat of harm was considerably short-lived – there was some residual shock but it lasted no more than a few days. Friends were surprised that it would happen in our neighbourhood – the quiet, leafy inner-city Melbourne suburb we had grown up in had always felt safe, and for the most part, it was. I went to the police station and reported the crime; the police officers were kind and attentive and I left feeling secure in the knowing that, whether or not the culprit was found, they were there, on the case.
Today, the public spaces I know and frequent are very different. The threat of harm is a constant and it’s pervasive, like white noise that I have become used to. . .
Men’s Health Conference – Starting the Conversation
A big thank you to all – presenters, attendees & all who were a part of the Real Media Real Change 2013 Men’s Health Conference: “Starting the Conversation”, held in Brisbane (16th Nov) and Lennox Head (17th Nov).
These conferences were remarkable events, reflecting the deep need for this conversation to be held in our communities.
Stay tuned for more to come as RMRC publishes further interviews with the presenters and explores how we can work together to not only ‘Start the Conversation’, but well and truly continue it in the area of men’s health and well being. Also if you haven’t yet had a chance to listen to the ABC Radio interview with some of the speakers it is available on the Real Media Real Change media page.
International Men’s Day
“Starting the Conversation”
A Men’s Health Conference
BRISBANE – 16 NOVEMBER 2013
Junction Park State School hall
50 Waldheim Street Annerley Qld 4103
(hall entry opp. Blacket St)
LENNOX HEAD – 17 NOVEMBER 2013
Cultural & Community Centre
cnr Mackney and Park Lanes
Lennox Head NSW 2478
Registration from 9.15am – 9.50am
Start 10.00am – 3.00pm
To confirm your attendance please register here.
THESE ARE FREE COMMUNITY EVENTS
ALL MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN WELCOME
Tea & light refreshments provided, BYO lunch & hydration
Starting the Conversation
As men, we are constantly bombarded by a society that is always telling us how to be. Regardless of nationality, heritage or culture, men’s stories from around the world commonly spread the same message – be strong, tough, independent, dependable… and above all, don’t complain. You are meant to have it all together.
The mainstream media floods us with role models of successful men. From Hollywood’s depiction of the tall, dark, handsome and of course muscle-bound hero, to real-life sporting “demi-gods” saturating the back and front pages of our newspapers; from the powerful businessman, to the rebellious anti-hero… We are constantly sold stories of what it is to be a real man.
Listen to the recent BayFM radio interview with organisers of the conference Adam Warburton and Victoria Carter.
Yet delve deep into the suburban or regional heartland of mainstream Australia and indeed much of our world, and you discover a different story – a story that tells of a different kind of man, a man who is plainly struggling with modern life and all of its expectations and complexities. A man whose body is at odds with the image he tries to portray.
Statistics tell us that in Australia alone:
• Suicide is the HIGHEST CAUSE of death for young men (2008).
• Suicide acounts for 1 in 5 deaths in men aged between 25 and 44 (2008).
• Men are twice as likely as women to have substance abuse problems.
• 1 in 2 Australian men will have cancer by the time they are 85.
• At any one time, 1 in 8 men are experiencing clinical depression.
• Over half of all Australian men have experienced some sort of mental health condition during their lifetime.
Just pause for a second and consider the above.
These statistics alone would be staggering, but there is more…
• 16% of all men NEVER visit the doctor.
• 1 in 2 men are reported to be overweight, and 1 in 4 men are considered to be obese.
• Nearly 1 in 3 men who are obese do not recognise that they have a health problem.
• 1 in 3 men over the age of 40 will have a reproductive health problem.
• 1 in 2 men have reported to be a victim of violence at least once in their lifetime.
• 1 in 3 men at any one time are living with live a chronic health condition.
• MORE MEN DIE EACH YEAR FROM PROSTATE CANCER, THAN WOMEN DO FROM BREAST CANCER.
Without question, there is A LOT going on for us as men. We may like to portray that we are doing “ok”, but are we really? Clearly, the conversations we are currently having barely skim the surface of what’s going on in light of such deeply disturbing trends.
And so, is it possible to START THE CONVERSATION?
Might we, as men and women in our communities, our families, our workplaces, sporting clubs, social environments… START THE CONVERSATION about what’s really going on?
Might this be a much needed step towards truly addressing the current state of men’s health and wellbeing? For clearly we are suffering, and in no small measure.
And might it be possible that our inability to admit what’s going on, is helping contribute to our ill health? If so, why is it as men that we are unable or unwilling to speak up and communicate with our partners, our family, our friends and colleagues when things are clearly not ok?
Perhaps as men we find it hard to accept that in truth – we are worth looking after.
In light of the above, RMRC is delighted to present two FREE COMMUNITY EVENTS – putting the focus on Men’s Health and true Wellbeing in the spotlight.
Featuring a broad spectrum of presenters – from health professionals & educators, to men opening up the conversation further from their real and lived life experience on issues such as: depression, drug addiction, ill health & life choices, and parenting.
We look forward seeing you there. Please download the event flyer for further information.
Booking is essential: To confirm your attendance please register here.
Media that Connects a great success
“Media that Connects” 2013 was a huge success, thanks to everyone who made the event the beautiful and celebratory event that it was. The RMRC Team’s first short film, a collaborative effort with Esoteric Women’s Health was very warmly received. An online version will be posted shortly. Subscribe to the mailing list to be notified when the film becomes available online. Also a huge thank you to our presenter’s Jane Barker and Natalie Benhayon. Jane’s humour and breadth of experience in women’s health is an inspiration and her story of her own experience with Breast Cancer was deeply moving. Natalie Benhayon’s presentation of the Our Cycles app conveyed how we can bring a deep sense of wellbeing and care into our lives, women and men, and harness the power of modern media for Real Change. We look forward to much more Real Media being supported and produced through RMRC. This marks the beginning of many great initiatives. We look forward to sharing them with you as they unfold.
Media that Connects – an International Women’s Day event
Real Media Real Change
in collaboration with Esoteric Women’s Health presents:
Short Film and App Launch followed by morning tea
Open to men and women
March 9th, Lennox Head Community Centre, NSW.
9am – 11am (registration 8.45am)
RMRC warmly invites you to a community event for men and women to celebrate and honour the women in our communities, while exploring the role media can play in assisting us to cultivate care and real connections with ourselves and others.
We have teamed up with some very inspirational speakers to celebrate International Women’s Day and create an event that will give us the opportunity to:
- Explore how we can utilize technology and the media for our own means
- Reconnect to a sense of our own rhythm amidst the busyness of the fast-paced age in which we live.
- Support ourselves to reclaim a deeper connection with ourselves and others, including a presentation from Dr Jane Barker on self-care
This is relevant to both men and women and a great opportunity for us to support each other.
So often we see the ill effects of media in our everyday lives: in women’s self-worth becoming intertwined with their perceived ‘sex-object status’; in the misrepresentation of man as ‘hyper-masculine-action-figure’ and the resultant rise in steroid culture; to the young boys and girls we see exposed daily to violence and sexualized imagery– not only on a largely unregulated internet space, but also on prime time music video channels and in magazines.
The Media, however, is not in and of itself problematic – it is symptomatic. It is symptomatic of the misrepresentations we have allowed to be considered as acceptable or even ‘normal’; it also reflects our choices – we must remember that there would be no ‘media’ without ‘us’ who consume it. And so while the symptoms point to a pretty ill state of health in our general communications and in the reflection of our own self-image, it is not a state that is beyond our power to address.
Media simply means ‘medium’. A medium through which we can produce and express. And we are fortunate to live in an age where we can harness this technology including video, blogging and applications to make our own media a reality. We as individuals and a community have an opportunity to support and create media which leads the way for humanity; making it about people, care and connection.
The March 9th morning tea celebration in collaboration with International Women’s Day will coincide with the official launch of:
- RMRC’s first short documentary project, a film that celebrates everyday women
- A new iPhone / iPad application ‘Our Cycles’ produced by local woman Natalie Benhayon, who has designed an application to support both women and men to deepen self-care and respect.
It is a great honour to share these initiatives with the community and to witness the possibilities that can unfold when we make and support ‘Real Media for Real Change’.
December 2012 Conference a great success
Thank you to all those who attended our inaugural conference, the day was a great success with lots of excellent contributions from speakers and participants alike in a collaborative approach to this very important community issue. More on this to come. But for now we would like to share with you a great report by NBN. Click the image below to view the video.
NBN Coverage: Experts target online bullying
Sarah Davis and Christopher Dibb
spoke to NBN News on the important issue of cyber-bullying.
Northern Star coverage of the conference:
EXPERTS on social media are addressing a crowd of people at the cyber-bullying in our Communities conference at Lismore’s Southern Cross University today.
About 100 people are gathered in the universities Whitebrook Theatre to listen to legal, research, social media, psychology and community perspectives on what the issues are surrounding and what action can be taken.
Social media specialist Tricia Munn, who educates schools and businesses on social media, said the explosion in children using social media has contributed to the increase in cyber bullying.
“Bullying itself is not a new thing but certainly since the introduction of social media the number and the phonon omen of children being on social media is making cyber bullying a real problem.”
Please note there is an inaccuracy in this report by the Northern Star as Susan McLean was not able to attend on the day.
In 2012 RMRC collaborated with a number of key people and government institutions to bring you our inaugural conference: