20 Years of Movember

29 November 2023

 I rise to thank the over 14,000 Canberrans who have supported Movember this year either by growing a mo or donating to the cause. Movember tackles head-on three massive issues facing Australian men—mental health and suicide, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. In Australia, 75 per cent of people lost to suicide are men. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for men, affecting up to one in seven men by the age of 75. That includes my dad, my father-in-law, my two uncles and my grandfather. Testicular cancer has an average age of diagnosis of just 36 years.

In 2003, Movember started with just 30 people, and today their movement has grown to over six million people globally, including 2.16 million people in Australia, rocking their mos to show support and raise vital funds. They have raised a staggering $1.4 billion for men's health since they got started. I want to congratulate Movember for their fantastic work in supporting Australian men's health and wish them the best for their gala dinner tonight. I want to say to all the men out there: please go and get yourself tested; go and see your GP and talk about your health. We know that if these issues, particularly prostate cancer and testicular cancer, are picked up early, they're much easier to address. We love you. We need you healthy. We need you around. So go talk to your doctor.