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McCusker Centre alumnus hits the ground running

3 July, 2019

It’s hard to imagine Alex Arnold has had time to take a breath since completing his McCusker Centre for Citizenship internship at the Men’s Resource Centre in 2017. 

The 24-year-old has hit the ground running by graduating from the University of WA with a Masters of Professional Engineering, accepting a Technology Graduate role at Bankwest and moving out of home into his own place.

Despite his busy schedule, Mr Arnold has never stopped volunteering.

This comes as no surprise, given that – after finishing his required 100-hour internship at the Men’s Resource Centre in Albany – he chose to stay on as a volunteer and contribute more than 450 hours to the Centre.

The fruit of his labour was designing and developing the Well Man app; which he launched on the steps of Parliament House alongside Health Minister Roger Cook and Men’s Resource Centre chief executive Grant Westthorp in June 2018. 

The free app, which currently boasts a 4.8 star rating on the App Store, contains helpful tools for users to manage their physical and mental health.

“The greatest lesson I learned while at the Men’s Resource Centre was that the small things you can do to support your friends and family's mental wellbeing make the biggest difference,” Mr Arnold said.

“Even something as simple as asking your friends how they're coping with work, study or general life can be enough to start the conversation about mental wellbeing.”

The Laithlan resident said he was relishing the many challenges at his new job at Bankwest.

“There's a lot to learn but I've pushed myself into new things I didn't get a chance to explore while at university,” he said.

“This is something that I did while on my internship at the Men’s Resource Centre and I learned far more because of it.”

The Well Man app can be downloaded for free at here.