Christian Life 

Health of marginalised men

Conference delegatesThe following conference aims to address the needs of 'marginalised men'. In terms of better understanding and connecting with this section of our society those within the Christian churches might find this event to be useful and informative.

Looking around many Sunday morning church services, it is often the case that men are in the minority.  And we while we hear much spoken about  reaching young people, and this is good, there is perhaps less directed towards reaching out to men. In this context , you might like to read of a recent event held in Inverness with this aim.

In terms of  being 'margalised' it is not just health or socio-economic boundaries that define the condition.

It is good to be aware of the range of needs in any section of our society, and paramount in this is the most basic human need, is spiritual. The Bible tells us that God has placed a sense of eternity in all men's hearts.
Without Christ ever man (and women and children) are unhealthily 'marginalised'  from a loving relationship with God through His son: read Dougie's story.


Conference on the health of marginalised men

(organised by Men's Health Highland)

This conference is due to be held at -

The Centre for Health Science, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness
Thursday, 5 June June, 2008
8.30am for 9.00am to 4.00pm

The conference is free, with refreshments throughout.

Dr. Trevor Escott is the convener of Men's Health Highland and says:

"We aim ,among other things,to draw attention to groups of marginalised men and their health problems,together with their management and their outcomes,as well as the causes of their problems, their perceptions and the barriers they face."


Conference Programme

8.30 am, onwards: Registration

9.00 am Welcome - T.Escott

9.05 am Introduction - Moira Paton - Director of Planning,NHS Highland

9.10 am The Health of Men from Black and White Minority Ethnic Groups in the Highlands -
              Dr Susan Vaughan,Epidemiologist,NHS Highland

9.35 am "Institutional Racism, PLUs and the Homeless" -
Dr Richard Stone - a retired Inner City London GP, who has considerable experience working with Ethnic Minority Communities there, and was a Panel Member of the Lawrence Inquiry,also President of the Jewish Council of Racial Equality, and Co-Chair of " British Muslims and British Jews"

10.25am Working with Male Gypsy/Travellers -
Jo Smith,Public Health Nurse,working with Gypsy Travellers

10.50am BREAK - teas/coffees,biscuits

11.10am Prison Delivery of Interventions in Support of Male Prisoners -
Adrian Clark,Links Manager, HMP ,Inverness

11.45am Health Care of Homeless Men -
Dr Liz Whittle ,GP Homeless Day Centre,Inverness
Norman Ross,Prison Literacy's Liaison Officer, Iver Forsyth,Housing Manager

12.20pm Health Care of Men with Mental Health Problems -
Dr Mack,GP Dingwall,with interest in Mental Health,

12.50pm LUNCH

1.30pm Perspectives of Male Patients with Mental Health Problems
Graham Morgan,Highland Users Group,

1.55 pm Health of Gay Men - Ailsa Spindler,Terrence Higgins Trust,

2.15 pm Workshops, including:-

  • from custody to community
  • what barriers do marginalised men face?
  • promoting and securing the health of minority ethnic groups in the highlands

3.00pm BREAK - teas/coffees,biscuits

3.20pm Questions and Answers and Plenary

4.00pm Conclusion

4.05 pm FINISH


For further information and/or if you wish to attend please contact:

Dr. Trevor Escott
Tel. 01463 239746 ( with an answering machine )
Email :
Gillian Maclean
Tel 01667 462423
E mail:

Christians Together, 05/05/2008

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