The Human Code research was developed as part of a broader partnership project which aims to better understand community attitudes in the Macedon Ranges Shire to outdated masculine stereotypes and their effect on men’s mental health and related behaviours. Orygen undertook the research and it was funded by the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network, as a project of the place-based Macedon Ranges Suicide Prevention Trial Site. The research provided an opportunity to better understand the root causes and gendered drivers of high levels of male suicide in the Shire and also other significant community challenges including family violence and road trauma.

The research included:

  • An online community survey with 376 respondents
  • Semi-structured interviews and focus groups with 31 key stakeholders working with men and boys in the Macedon Ranges
  • Individual interviews with 30 men
  • A focus group with four women

The final report providing a comprehensive overview of the findings is now available.

A shorter document summarising the key findings and recommendations from the research is also available here.

Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health is leading a second phase of the project, which involves piloting some innovative programs in the community that respond to the research findings and aim to have a positive impact on masculine stereotypes in the Macedon Ranges. For more information about this project email healthpromotion@scchc.org.au