Conversations That Matter



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Blokepedia, along with our sponsor, Huawei, invites you to join us at the National Press Club in Canberra as we discuss men’s health and wellbeing.

Our guest speakers will be sharing stories and exploring topics such as mateship, resilience, and communication.

They will also discuss the important issue of men’s mental health and wellness and provide valuable insights and tools on how to have a ‘conversation that matters’ with the men in your life – whether they are our brothers, fathers, sons, mates or colleagues.

Guest Speakers

Martin Fisk

Martin is the Chief Executive of the Canberra-based organisation, Menslink. An active campaigner for young men, Martin speaks to schools, businesses and community groups across the region about issues facing young men, their families and communities, including family violence, mental health, drugs, and suicide – still the leading cause of death in men under 40.

Martin designed the award-winning Silence Is Deadly campaign to reduce the stigma of admitting to problems and encourage more young men to get help when faced with troubled times. This program has been successfully rolled out to tens of thousands of students across high schools, colleges and universities across the Canberra region and has resulted in significantly more young men opening up about their hassles in life and getting help when they need it.

Martin is currently the Vice President of the ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

A father of two daughters, he spends his spare time attending dance competitions and going bushwalking, cross-country skiing and running when he can.


Ben Alexander

Ben Alexander is one of the most experienced props in Australian rugby history, representing the Wallabies 72 times. Alexander has been with the Brumbies since 2008 and has made over 150 appearances for the club.

A highly intelligent, engaging speaker and astonishingly driven player, Ben Alexander inspires audiences of all ages to focus on success and aim to be the best they can be.

Being a successful sportsperson, Ben has an appreciation for mental and physical health and wellbeing. Ben will be sharing his experiences in elite sport, talking about the importance of mateship and sharing his insights on how to manage and maintain good mental health.


Garry Mills

Garry is a facilitator and speaker who works with clients to develop their growth mindset, awareness and capability. He facilitates interactive and entertaining group workshops in leadership, high performance and business communication. For over 20 years Garry’s experience and skills have been fine tuned across various roles in the public and private sectors, including leading complex security operations in Australia and overseas.

Garry’s ability to cope with life was at its weakest during the depths of his depression. His ongoing recovery has also been his greatest time for personal growth in his emotional intelligence, creativity, resilience and leadership. A key focus for Garry’s work is the running commentary going on in our heads, along with what we see and hear from others, that both expands and limits our actions, potential and self-belief.

Garry shares his personal story and wellbeing tips as a mental health advocate and volunteer speaker for beyondblue’s Ambassador & Speaker Bureau. Overcoming adversity has empowered Garry to become an Ironman triathlete, create a company and represent Australia as an athlete in an international reality TV competition.

Date and Time:

Thursday 11th of October @ 6:30 PM


National Press Club of Australia, Canberra


$39.00 per person – Includes drinks and canapes

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