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Mibbinbah: Indigenous men's spaces pilot project



The Mibbinbah: Indigenous men's spaces pilot project was an initiative of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health with support from beyondblue. It was a research project that sought to identify the key characteristics of Indigenous men's spaces and the ability of such 'spaces' to assist men in managing a range of chronic illnesses, particularly depression.

The project arose following recognition among workers and researchers that the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men may be improved by creating a culturally supportive place for men to connect with one another. This pilot project was part one of a larger project called the Mibbinbah research project. It evaluated existing Indigenous men's spaces in seven locations across Australia, using local Indigenous men employed as project associates and using participatory action research methods.

Forty-four Indigenous men attended beyondblue depression awareness training and took the resources for use in their respective communities. A key outcome of the project was the development of the Mibbinbah network, which includes Indigenous men who have been trained and supported by Mibbinbah and who are self-identified leaders within their community. These leaders are supporting Indigenous men's groups, promoting awareness of depression and anxiety, and encouraging Indigenous men to seek help.

The project has also created opportunities to modify the delivery and content of the beyondblue depression awareness training to be more applicable and tailored to Indigenous men.

Adapted from beyondblue


118 Wyndham Street
Alexandria NSW 2015
PO Box 2289
Burleigh Business Centre
Burleigh Waters QLD 4220
Ph: (07) 5596 6901

If you have problems contacting the office then please use our mobile phone numbers as below
Jack Bulman, CEO
Mob: 0416 173975

Rick Hayes, Chair
Ph: (03) 9479 3290

Related publications

Bulman J, Hayes R (2011)

Mibbinbah and spirit healing: fostering safe, friendly spaces for Indigenous males in Australia.

International Journal of Men's Health; 10(1): 6-25

beyondblue, ed. (2010)

Research: targeted research in depression, anxiety and related disorders 2007-2010.

Canberra: beyondblue

Exploring the health benefits of 'safe' places for Indigenous men (2008)

Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health


Last updated: 8 August 2013
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