The Human Code

The Human Code


Investigator: Simon Rice

Associate Professor Simon Rice is a Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist. He leads Orygen’s young men’s mental health research stream where he is developing new ways to engage and support young men experiencing mental ill-health. He has broad research interests stemming from his clinical and consulting work across the youth mental health and elite sports sectors.

Simon has held fellowship and project grant funding from a range of competitive national and international schemes. He completed his masters-level clinical training and PhD in Melbourne, and has undertaken postgraduate training in clinical epidemiology. He is an experienced educator, having completed formal teacher training, and has held secondary and tertiary teaching positions throughout Australia and South-East Asia. He is regularly invited to speak internationally.

What does the study involve?

A new study is being conducted that could support multiple generations of men in the Macedon Ranges to break free from outdated stereotypes of gender. It’s expected that the Orygen-led study will help improve the health of men and everyone around them.

The study seeks feedback from 1000 Macedon Ranges community members, as well as targeted interviews and focus groups, to help researchers to understand the attitudes and behaviours of men in the Macedon Ranges and how they align with traditional masculine stereotypes.

The survey will ask questions designed to understand to what extent you agree with common ideas of what it means to be a man in today’s society. We will also ask some questions about your current mental health and alcohol use, including symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts, and some questions about your attitudes towards violence against women.

If you participate in interviews you will be asked some questions about your thoughts on common ideas of what it means to be a man in today’s society, and how your sense of being a man and relating to men in the Macedon Ranges came to be. We will also ask some questions about how this relates to your wellbeing.

If you participate in a focus group we will ask you some questions about your thoughts on common ideas of what it means to be a man in today’s society, how this might lead to challenges or successes for the men in your lives, and what you see as particular influences on identity development for the boys and men in your lives.

Reimbursement

Participants who complete the survey will enter the draw to win one of four $500 Coles vouchers to recognise their contribution.

Participants who complete an interview will be reimbursed $30 to recognise their contribution.

Eligibility

Men, women and non-binary people aged over 16 from the Macedon Ranges are invited to take a 20-minute survey.

Men aged over 16 are invited to compete a 30-60-minute interview.

Women and non-binary people aged over 16 are invited to participate in a 30-60-minute focus group.

Recruitment

Click here to complete the 20-minute survey.

To register your interest in completing an interview or focus group contact katherine.trail@orygen.org.au