Promoting and highlighting the importance of men’s health and wellbeing in our School community was the aim of this month’s inaugural Caulfield Grammar School ‘Men’s Health and Wellbeing’ event.

Guest speakers Professor Nathan Lawrentschuk (The University of Melbourne and Epworth HealthCare), Sam Wood (Health & Fitness expert), Sam Mitchell (Coach & Athlete) and Sam Parker (Grab Life By The Balls mental health charity) have a connection to our School community as current parents or past students and shared proactive messages and insights about the challenges facing the young men in our country, as well as strategies to change the trajectory of men’s health.

This special event inspired powerful conversations with current students, past students and parents about proactive approaches to empowering and inspiring our young men to improve their health and wellbeing.

The discussions aligned with and reinforced the key elements within our Schoolwide wellbeing approach, articulated through CaulfieldCARES – a guiding framework aimed at supporting a positive school climate and enabling a thriving community.


Professor Nathan Lawrentschuk is a trained Urologist specialising in Urological Cancer Surgery. He is a clinical and research Professor at the University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery, and is Director of the Urology Department of the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Nathan is progressing cancer research both nationally and internationally and is passionate about raising awareness and educating about men’s health issues. His advocacy was instrumental in bringing this event to our community.

Sam Wood is a successful personal trainer and business owner, and one of Australia’s leading health and fitness experts with over 20 years of experience in the industry. Since 2016, the ‘28 by Sam Wood Challenge’ has had a positive impact on over 400 000 individuals, inspiring people move more, eat better and make a positive change.

Sam Mitchell is an AFL legend. As coach of the Hawthorn Football Club and former Hawthorn and West Coast Eagles champion, Sam’s 329-game career has been littered with accolades. He has received five medals as Club Best & Fairest, a Brownlow Medal, and four premiership wins with Hawthorn. Sam is recognised as a Hawthorn Football Club life member and is an Australian Football League Hall of Fame inductee.

Sam Parker is the founder of the mental health charity ‘Grab Life by the Balls’. Sam’s commitment to improving men’s mental health in Australia revolves around connectedness, belonging and mateship. Through social events, talks, presentations and programs, Sam and his team are dedicated to connecting one million Aussie boys and men, bringing about positive and proactive change in men’s health awareness and general wellbeing.