Healthier Masculinities - Presentation evening for families

Unpacking the Man Box

The College invites families to an engaging and thought - provoking presentation 'Unpacking the Man Box', presented by Jesuit Social Services (JSS). 

Paul Zappa, General Manager of The Men’s Project at JSS, will present on the ground-breaking research into the impact that our outdated ideas about masculinity have on the health and wellbeing of boys and men. 

The session will explore how we can adopt different beliefs about 'healthier masculinities', and how that approach will benefit the health and wellbeing of men and the wider community. 

The Men’s Project aims to support boys and men to live respectful, accountable and fulfilling lives free from violence and other harmful behaviour through new approaches that improve men and boys wellbeing so that we see more good men, respectful relationships and safe communities.

*Please note that content includes references to topics such as violence, self-harm and depression. 

DATE: Tuesday 22 February

LOCATION: John Paul College, venue will be communicated to families closer to the date. 

Registration is essential for this event. 

For more information on Jesuit Social Services, please refer to their website

Or get in contact with The JPC Respectful Relationships team; Jacqui Duffee or Susan Wood on 9784 0200



Unpacking the Man Box is based on a survey of 1,000 young Australian men aged 18 to 30. The report builds on the findings of The Men’s Project’s 2018 report The Man Box. The initial Man Box report found that young Australian men who believe in outdated masculine stereotypes were themselves at higher risk of using violence, online bullying and sexual harassment, engaging in risky drinking and reporting poorer levels of mental health.

The new study finds young Australian men’s belief in rigid masculine stereotypes has a stronger impact on whether they will use violence, sexually harass women, or experience mental ill-health themselves, than other factors including their education levels, where they live or their cultural heritage.

The Man Box research found that men in the Man Box experience negative life outcomes themselves and they’re more likely to engage in behaviour that harms others. Men in the Man Box (top quintile) are 20 times more likely to sexually harass a woman, six times more likely to use physical violence and more than twice as likely to experience suicidal thoughts.

For more information on Jesuit Social Services, please refer to their website