Gay Olympic gold
medalist Matthew Mitcham was named Thursday to be one of his
country's ambassadors for men's health. The Australian
diver, who won the 10-meter platform competition at the 2008
Summer Olympics in Beijing, will be an advocate for the
country's policy on men's health.
Mitcham replaces one of
the first men's health ambassadors, Fatherhood Foundation
president Warwick Marsh, who was ousted for writing that
homosexuality is a "gender disorientation pathology"
stemming from sexual abuse and personality disorders, according
Health Minister Nicola
Roxon described Mitcham as a "courageous man," citing
his struggle with depression and anxiety, after which
he claimed Olympic gold.
advocate Mick Adams and Tasmanian doctor Rob Walters were also
named ambassadors on Thursday. They will join David de Kretser,
Tim Mathieson, Bill Noonan, Barry Williams, and John Macdonald.
The ambassadors will focus on topics such as preventable
cancers, sexual health, and illicit drug abuse. (Michelle