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Men's Health Week: Canberra

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National Press Club of Australia

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Blokepedia is hosting a special 'conversations that matter' luncheon at the National Press Club in Canberra as part of Men's Health Week.

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Blokepedia is hosting a “Conversations that Matter” luncheon at the National Press Club on Tuesday 16th of June 2020 as part of Men's Health Week.

Join Matt Elliott and Allan Sparkes (CV,OAM,VA,FRSN) for a panel discussion as they share their stories and experiences and talk about some of the issues and topics that impact the lives of Australian men.

Our Speakers:

Allan Sparkes CV,OAM,VA,FRSN

Allan is one of Australia’s most highly decorated civilians, a renowned professional keynote speaker, an international yachtsman who has sailed the globe and a former Deputy Commissioner with the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales.

Allan is one of just 5 Australians in the past 44 years to be awarded the Cross of Valour (CV) Australia’s highest bravery decoration and the only Australian to be awarded a subsequent National bravery decoration. He is one of only 10 Australians to be awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has also been awarded other significant awards for bravery and service including the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to Mental Health Organisations and the Community, the Royal Humane Society Galleghan Award and the NSW Police Commissioners Valour Award.

Having a lived experience of trauma related mental illnesses and recovery, Allan is a passionate advocate for proactive approaches and greater education relating to the physiological risks being faced in today’s workplaces.

Matt Elliott

Matt Elliott started his coaching career after retiring from playing at the St George Dragons in 1993. The first coaching opportunity came at the Dragons as Under 21’s coach then as First Grade Assistant in 1995. Matt then moved to the Bradford Bulls as assistant coach. In 1997 he took the reigns at the Bulls leading them to a Super League Title and setting a record of twenty consecutive wins. In the next three years Bradford won the Challenge Cup, made the semi’s every year and appeared in another Grand Final. In 2001 he was made Head Co-Coach of the Canberra Raiders with Mal Meninga.

In 2002 he took over as Head Coach and the Raiders made the Semi-Finals, making the finals three out of the next four years. Matt moved to the Penrith Panthers in 2007 for the next five seasons. The Club finished second in the regular season in 2010. 2013 saw Matt move to the New Zealand Warriors for two seasons. During this time he acted as a consultant to Rip Curls surfers including three-time World Champion Mick Fanning.

Matt worked in Local Government firstly as a Recreation Officer, then specialised in Youth Work finishing with an Executive Role in Community Services. Today he uses his life experiences to better equip businesses to perform at their peak. Matt offers a raft of services to corporations, government and industry which includes mental fitness training, wellness and stress management, organisational cultural change, leadership programs, corporate coaching and mentoring, health, nutrition and fitness programs.

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