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International Men’s Day Forum

Friday 18 November 2022

The International Men’s Day Forum was held in Darwin in 2020 and 2021. This is now the largest forum celebrating men on this date in the country and was the 2022 NT Finalist for the Australian Men’s Health Awards for Leadership.

Around 250 Territory men aged 16 – 80+ attend this event from a range of diverse cultures and industry. The theme for 2022 is Mateship and a series of discussions around suicide prevention, leadership, alcoholism, remote engagement, financial support and family matters will be discussed at this forum.


Friday 18 November 2022
8:30am – 4:30pm
Doubletree by Hilton, Darwin


Tickets are $220 each or a Table of 8 for $1600

See more information about the event in the below PDF.

Special Guests

Special Guests

Dan Allen and Ed Ross



Ed and Dan met on a building site in the Northern Territory back in 2014 and became great friends.

Towards the end of 2016, Dan was floored by the news that one of his best mates back in Brisbane had tragically and unexpectedly taken his own life.  It was the first time Dan had been affected by suicide.

TradeMutt came about in the confusing but reflective period following what happened in 2016 where two Aussie guys got up and did something following tragedy. TradeMutt is an Australian Workwear brand that aims to make tradies and workers of all kinds look and feel great at work, and in doing so, reduce the rate of male suicide in Australia.

The loud and vibrant shirts, each with the slogan on the back ‘This is a Conversation Starter’ act as a catalyst to starting the conversation around mental health in men, a topic that has been hard to approach in the past for blokes, mostly due to the attached stigmas and perceived weakness.

Since inception, TradeMutt has;

  • donated more than $3 Million of mental health support
  • provided 10,000 Australian tradies with free access to mental health
  • funded more than 700 hours of mental health support to Australians each month and;
  • provided more than 22,000 hours of disability employment.

In addition to this, Dan and Ed have connected with thousands of Tradies across the country through their social media site MuttHub, TradeMutt radio and Funky Shirt Friday podcasts, transforming the way that blue-collar workers across Australia talk about mental health.

 In 2019, TradeMutt was a finalist in the Australian Men’s Health Awards and in July 2022, took out the top gong and was the Australian Me’s Health Award Winner – Best Men’s Mental Health Project.

 “We are just tradies who are starting a conversation about mental health.”



Special Guest

The Honourable Lauren Moss

Minister for Diversity and Inclusion

Minister for Diversity and Inclusion

Lover of the Territory, and passionate about community voice in decision making, Lauren was elected to Parliament in 2014 and is the youngest Minister in the Territory.

Growing up in the Territory, Minister Moss is particularly focused on improving outcomes for young people and creating more opportunities for them to have a say on the issues that impact on them.
Her community and youth development work has been recognised locally and nationally.

She is also a book lover, nerd and mum to Evie.

Special Guest

Phil Gouldson

The man that brough International Men’s Day to Australia

The man that brough International Men’s Day to Australia

International Men’s Day was founded in 1999, in Trinidad and Tobago and did not have any kind of significant international presence. Phil’s struggle with suicide saw a dramatic change in his approach to life and work. He established the ACT Men’s Health & Wellbeing Association, introduced a special development program for men that he still conducts around Australia (in particular in the NT), joined ACT Menslink as a program officer and later as a Board Member.

Phil was frustrated with the absence of a special day for men, young men, and boys to celebrate the positive and valuable contributions they make to our communities and our societies. And at the same time, being involved in helping to meet the new challenges facing themselves, their families and their communities. Phil has presented papers at national and international conferences on men’s health, performance, and wellbeing in the workplace.



Stuart O’Neill

Author of Just One Reason and Suicide Prevention Ambassador

Author of Just One Reason and Suicide Prevention Ambassador

Raised in Melbourne Australia, Stuart’s mostly self-employed life has provided its fair share of highs and lows. He has openly shared his personal battle with deep depression and multiple suicide plans. yet Stuart began to realise each time he was almost at the end, that he always found a reason to live.

He developed a toolkit book entitled ‘Just One Reason.’ This book reveals Stuart’s own strategy for beating your inner demons and offers a powerful and very easy solution to a world problem that is getting worse, not better.

Stuart has given his time to share his out of the box thinking and willingness to help others.


Matty Tonks

Sober in the Country

Regenerative farmer and member of the Sober in the Country Bush Tribe Some of you might remember Matty from his appearance on Australian Story (Last Drinks) earlier this year. He’s the big fella who bravely spoke about grog and why he chose to give it away. He shared, on that episode, how he was driving home from a job and heard a ‘voice on the radio’ – which was that of not-for-profit Sober in the Country Ltd founder, and sober rural woman, Shanna Whan. Her conversation touched a nerve with Matt, and he ended up reaching out to Shan. Those conversations – and the uncomfortable realisation he was addicted to alcohol – would ultimately change his life. Matt went on to join the Sober in the Country peer support group – the Bush Tribe – and is an active contributing member in the group today, where hundreds and hundreds of other isolated rural men and women are choosing to cut back or quit grog, too. Five years into his own sober story and his life is completely different; including repaired relationships, far greater health, and a new career.

Allen Murphy

What Territorian am I?

It started with a Drum He has played drums with some of the most well known bands in the world, however, when Allen Murphy toured to Arnhem Land in 1988, no one expected the Northern Territory, Australia would be the place he called home.

Allen fell in love with Indigenous music and culture in the Territory 40 years ago. He will share his experiences and his take on the Territory’s music history and how one trip to the Territory forged new directions he could never have imagined.

Presenters, MC and Wrap Up


Michael Gunner

Former Chief Minister now stay at home dad

Former Chief Minister now stay at home dad

Earlier this year, Michael Gunner shocked us all when he choose family over politics and unexpectedly resigned.

He delivered his retirement in line with his budget speech as he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Speaking for the first time outside of his political career, Michael will share his learnings taking on the toughest job in the world – raising kids and being dad to Hudson and Nash and husband to ABC award winning journalist Kristy O’Brien.

Master of Ceremonies

Nathan Powell

NT Raw Comedy Winner 2021

NT Raw Comedy Winner 2021

A former Northern Territory Police Officer, Nathan shirked the norm and commenced an adult apprenticeship with GTNT in his late 30’s. An award winning apprentice, Nathan continued to challenge himself and took to the stage to try stand up comedy in 2020.

In a few short months he caused numerous snort laughs and became the Raw Comedy Winner for the Northern Territory. He has also organised the “Get out of Darwin” stand up comedy show raising $5,000 for Dolly’s Dream and fundraised for Our Moon Mission through comedy contributing $30,000 to the cause.

Forum Wrap Up

Robin Moore

NT PHN Representative

NT PHN Representative providing Forum Wrap Up
Robin has held several senior health executive roles in both South Australia and Queensland across acute and primary health care settings. Robin’s experience spans organisational change, leading health service delivery, large hospital redevelopment projects, developing new partnerships and government liaison.

Robin leads the PHN branch which is focused on considering primary health care needs across the Territory and planning NT PHN’s strategic work to address those local needs. His responsibilities include strategic planning, business relationship management, regional partnerships and portfolio management. Robin holds a Bachelor of Nursing and has also completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and participates in a number of national health committees.

Youth Panel


Jahdai Vigona

2023 NT Young Australian of the Year

Jahdai is a proud Tiwi Islands man, knew he wanted to be in a career that did something positive for First Nations People. He has been at the forefront of identifying ways to promote good health to Aboriginal people

He has been recognised for his efforts and named the GTNT 2021 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year and Overall Trainee of the Year, the NT’s 2022 Young Achiever of the Year winner and recently announced as our 2023 NT Young Australian of the Year.


Blake Wilson

By age 20 Blake was a licenced electrician.

By age 20 Blake was a licenced electrician, he was living the dream in Darwin, had a great job, a work car, he enjoyed boating, camping and motor bike riding. He was free and easy-going enjoying life. Until one night 2 weeks before his 21st birthday riding home on his motor bike in Palmerston, a pedestrian walked out into the traffic. Blake hit the pedestrian and was thrown 12 metres from the motor bike. Blake shares his story of his motorcycle crash, death of a pedestrian, loss of a limb and his recovery. In the years since the accident Blake has remained positive and shares his story to help others.

Henrique Thomas

He is a proud Indigenous Australian of the Yuin nation and Badu Islands.

Henrique is a proud Indigenous Australian of the Yuin nation and Badu Islands who was born and raised in Darwin.

He suffers from Rheumatic Heart Disease and has spoken at a number of conferences about his experiences. He is currently working with the Menzies-Ramaciotti Centre and Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia teams and aims to move into mental health to gain more knowledge in health and work towards studying medicine at university.


Nilesh Dilushan

Completed a Bachelor of Accounting at CDU.

Nilesh comes from Sri Lanka and completed a Bachelor of Accounting at CDU. He is passionate about working with students and different cultures and has led numerous initiatives. He has most recently taken on the President role and launched the Rotaract Young Professionals NT – a group of young leaders who believe in service above self joining forces together to make a positive difference in our community.

Rodney Nagawalli

He was a student of the Jabiru Clontarf Academy in the Northern Territory.

Rodney completed Year 12 in 2016 as a student of the Jabiru Clontarf Academy in the Northern Territory.  After graduating, Rodney’s mentor helped him to apply for an apprenticeship at Darwin Port.

He moved from Jabiru to Darwin to commence his apprenticeship and in 2020 he was awarded the Aboriginal Apprentice or Trainee of the Year at the GTNT Group Awards. Rodney is a young, proud dad and strives everyday to set a good example, work hard and be a role model to his kids.

Mens Panel


Andrew Warton

Suicide Prevention Ambassador

Suicide Prevention Ambassador

Andrew is the founder and Managing Director of Warton Strategic working in workplace investigations and conflict resolution, and is the former Chief Officer of NTES and former Manager of the AFP in the NT.

Andrew served with the AFP domestically and overseas, is a UN Police veteran and a former Royal Australian Navy Reserve Legal Officer. As a community leader with a passion for suicide prevention, Andrew is the former Chair of Lifeline Top End, the former Chair of Amity Community Services and a founding contributing mentor to Rob de Castella’s ongoing Indigenous Marathon Foundation.

As a father and husband, when not spending time with his family Andrew is co-host of ABC Radio Darwin’s, “Tales from the Tinny” and is currently developing his own life-balance podcast, “The LB-Spot”.


Julian Barry

Partner - Darwin Family Law.

Partner – Darwin Family Law

Long term Territorian, Julian has represented a wide range of clients across the Territory championing respectful relationships for family legal matters. On this panel he will outline what men should be critically conscious of in children’s disputes to avoid conflict and also provide some tips on property settlement.


Tony Schelling

Principal - Mortgage Choice in NT

Principal – Mortgage Choice in NT

Tony founded the Mortgage Choice franchise in Darwin in 1995 and has won multiple awards within the mortgage industry. He will speak to financial hardships that he often encounters and tips to maintaining financial independence whilst supporting families and the Territory way of life. He will also share some of his personal experiences.


Desmond Campbell

Anti Violence Specialist

Anti Violence Specialist

Desmond Campbell is a proud Gurindji man. He has spent much of his career championing anti violence initiatives and contributed to public policy and framework development and implementation around family and domestic violence prevention. Acknowledging that men can also be victim of anti violence, Des offers his expertise and recommendations for support.

Breakout Sessions

Shaun Pearce

Strong Leadership - Workshop and Presentations

Shaun Pearce is the Chief Executive Officer at Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation, and responsible for leading the organisation, and its various subsidiaries, through the challenges of the modern business landscape, in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.

He has expanded and diversified the organisation from what was considerably a much smaller business to what it is today, a large dynamic organisation and been instrumental in resurrecting Aboriginal Bush Traders, a café and art and other social enterprise initiatives.

Shaun represents on a number of boards including as Chairperson on the Tourism Top End Board of Management, President of Palmerston Regional Business Association Management Committee and Board Member for NT Shelter.

About this Presentation

Shaun will talk through his experiences acknowledging that they don’t all need to be from a ‘hard knock’ approach. He acknowledges the opportunities he has received and also how he has stepped up to challenges and learnt ‘on his feet’ by just saying yes.

He will provide sound, achievable recommendations that attendees can take with them to enhance their career and seek future promotional opportunities.

 Managing Difficult Situations ….and People

While conflict is universal, how we deal with it isn’t. In this workshop, you will be provided with tips and tricks to deal with difficult people and situations in a professional and diligent manner.

The session will seek to identify;

  • Who are the difficult people in your life
  • Do you contribute to the problem
  • Strategies for dealing with different types of people
  • Being the difficult person yourself

This session is intended to be interactive and draw from knowledge and experiences of the attendees.

Stuart O’Neill

Unconventional Thinking - Workshop

“You can’t out market coca cola, but you can out think them.” In a former life, Stuart was a Director for Guerilla Marketing – adopting outside the square/take no prisoners thinking to identify solutions that work.

Join for this interactive workshop that will unravel in front of your eyes. You put forward the social issue, identify the barriers and by the end of the session, Stuart presents you with a Business Plan on a page that works and helps Territorians.

This is recommended for service providers and those interested in addressing a particular health or social service issues in the Northern Territory.

Pauline Neil

Director – MH Training

As a Principal Master Instructor of Mental Health First Aid, Pauline has the highest level of accreditation and has received national and state recognition for her work in mental health promotion and suicide prevention.

She has decades of experience delivering training to clients across the Territory, such as the Northern Territory Police Force and National based organisations, both in the private and public sector.

She is the Co Founder of the award winning Live4Life  – a not for profit charity, bringing together rural and regional communities to improve mental health and wellbeing.

About this Workshop

Mental Health conditions in the workplace is costing Australian business $10.9 billion. 9 in 10 people believe mentally healthy workplaces are important, only 5 in 10 people believe their workplace is mentally healthy.

Pauline will provide critical information to enable attendees to better understand and support those with developing mental health issues or those who may be in a crisis.

Attendees will also be encouraged to provide input on what information needs to be incorporated into a MEN’S ONLY Mental Health Training model, with your input guiding the development for roll out in 2023.

Territory - Have a Win

Timmy Duggan

Founder - Hoops 4 Health

Born in Darwin, Timmy is part of the local Talbot family, and he is also proud of his Warrumungu heritage. Timmy was the first person from the Northern Territory to play in the National Basketball League, his interests however stretched further than basketball court.

As a student health worker, he began thinking of innovative ways to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in Australia.

In 2002, he founded the Hoops 4 Health Program using basketball as the medium to engage young people in fitness, health and positive conversations right across the Territory, including in juvenile justice and rehabilitation facilities.

Today it has grown from a program into a health promotion charity based in Darwin, Northern Territory and was the 2022 Winner of the Australian Men’s Health Forum Indigenous Mens Health Award.

Jimmy Bouhoris

The Man Walk Darwin

The Man Walk Darwin

The Man Walk is a national initiative that provides an opportunity for men to get together to routinely walk, talk and support each other in a healthy way.

Committed to improving men’s health and supporting community, Jimmy brought this initiative to Darwin.

Every Saturday morning he rallies a crew to walk and encourages men to “Walk, Talk and Support” each other.

This initiative is growing in strength and branching out to other locations across the Territory and won the Northern Territory’s People’s Choice Award for Leadership in the 2022 Australian Men’s Health Awards.

Dr Tim Piatkowski

Lecturer in Psychology at CDU

Dr. Timothy Piatkowski is a Lecturer in Psychology at CDU within the College of  Health and Human Sciences. His research focuses addiction and men’s health,  with a particular focus on steroids, polysubstance use, and harm reduction. Tim  is also a research active member of the Freemasons Centre for Male Health and  Wellbeing at CDU which aims to drive, enable and support outstanding male  health and wellbeing research. Tim looks forward to ensuring Territory men are  part of research solutions to key male wellbeing issues.

Samuel Weston

2023 NT Finalist Local Hero

2023 NT Finalist Local Hero, former soldier, ex-prison officer, now owner of Mad Snake Cafe

Samuel Weston was at his lowest point when he packed up his life and moved to Darwin to start a cafe. He’d just finished 10 years as a prison officer in Western Australia. Before that, he’d spent six years in the army. He was drinking too much and angry all the time. His relationship with his partner, the mother of his children, was the worst it had ever been.

He now runs Mad Snake Cafe, named to honour those with mental health concerns or who haven’t always fitted in. He provides a safe, friendly place for people to connect with others in the community, in particular veterans.

Brad Rake

Ironbark Services Business Development Manager

Ironbark Services Business Development Manager
With 25 years working with communities and not for profits across the country, Brad has taken on the new arm of Ironbark Services, building this social enterprise initiative into a multi million dollar enterprise, going from strength to strength.

With Indigenous employment, training and opportunity at the heart of Ironbark Services, Brad will talk through some of the projects they have implemented and how they continue to successfully recruit, train and retain an Aboriginal workforce.

Jack Tanner

Cyaround Australia Tours – 2022 Top Tour Guide Runner-Up

Following a trip around the country in his Troopy, Jack packed up his life in Adelaide and moved to the NT to become a tour guide. A few years on, he fulfilled his dream and owned his own tourism company. even though he commenced in 2020, his amazing wealth of knowledge about the Top End, genuine love for adventure and flexibility to provide intimate, personal experiences for his guests has seen the business become a continued success story. Jack was acknowledged for his talents as the Top Tour Guide Runner Up at the 2022 Australian Tourism Awards.