Freemasons Centre For Male Health And Wellbeing

Freemasons Centre For Male Health And Wellbeing

Freemasons Centre for Male Health & Wellbeing (FCMHW) brings together researchers, stakeholder organisations and consumers from across South Australia and the Northern Territory via its NT and SA Divisions based at The Menzies School of Health, and SAHMRI, respectively.


The Centre is improving the health and wellbeing of all males and consequently their families and communities while upholding the principles of equity, respect and integrity.

FCMHW evolved from the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health which was launched in 2007 with generous support from the Freemasons Foundation and matched funding from the University of Adelaide. Between 2007 and 2019, the centre generated $4.50 for each dollar received, growing from a hand-full of researchers to more than 50. Training was provided to 58 vacation students, 26 honours students, 30 higher degree research students and 13 early career researchers, many of whom now run their own successful research programs and remain linked to the centre.

In 2020 the FCMHW was launched as Masonic Charities generously took up the vision with a substantial commitment of funds. Its NT Division is supported by The Menzies School of Health Research while the SA Division, comprising researchers from the University of Adelaide and Flinders University, became part of SAHMRI. The University of Adelaide and Flinders Foundation provide matching funds.

The SAHMRI-based SA Division of the FCMHW is embedded in the Lifelong Health Theme and configured into 3 main streams:

  • Chronic disorders (physical and psychological) and cancer
  • Health system and service innovation
  • Males in society

Each of these streams integrates health equity and a focus on marginalised, social disadvantaged and remotely located men. The centre’s platforms include basic science, cohorts and registries, clinical trials and qualitative and naturalistic studies.

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