SENIOR MEN'S WELLBEING ADVISOR
Grant Westthorp has for over thirteen years contributed significantly to the wellbeing of senior men nationally and now globally. Grant is a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition to his commitment to men's health and wellbeing globally.
Grant fell into the Communities Service area at the tender age of 53, he came off his mountain bike; falling spectacularly he spent the next two months on his back. Being idle for the first time and left alone to think about his life and ponder his legacy, he made the profound decision to give back to the community as soon as he was back on his feet. Having his physical capabilities, which were his livelihood as a Golf Professional and enthusiast, severely limited at the time, Grant was in a position to empathise with other men whose physical and mental health and wellbeing had been compromised.
His passion and drive to create meaningful, significant and appropriate resources were developed in response to the real-life questions that men raised during the performance of over 8000 Wellness Checks conducted by the Centre. A major focus of the work builds personal resilience, increasing the wellbeing literacy and encourages personal accountability, responsibility and help-seeking behavior. Furthermore, Grant has utilised all of his networks to develop male-oriented solutions that draw on the expertise and lived experience of men.
Grant authored, the first Men’s Survival Handbook in 2013. Over 23,000 copies have been distributed and requested over the past 6 years. The Survival Handbook morphed into the free Well Man phone app in 2018. One of the highlights of the app is the discreet access, this provides impromptu, contemporaneous availability to information, for men where ever and whenever they want. The free Well Man phone app provides preventative strategies, information, practical tips and tactics to all men about physical, mental and social wellbeing to better cope with life.
Grant’s commitment and passion towards men’s wellbeing continues to evolve with the vision front of centre being, “to provide preventative physical, mental and social wellbeing strategies, information, practical tips and tactics for all men nationally and globally to live longer, happier and more fulfilling lives”.