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Men’s Discussion Groups provide a safe place where men meet and listen to other men and share their knowledge and experiences.

Men’s Discussion Group See a typical OM:NI Men’s Discussion Group live in action

OM:NI Starter Kit Find out the simple steps you need to do to start an OM:NI Men’s Discussion Group with detailed instructions.

Groups and locations (OM:NI Group List) Find out the location and contact person of your nearest group.

Group Guidelines Read about the expectations of people participating in the group on respect, trust, confidentiality and acceptance of each other.

Meeting Format Here is what you can expect to happen at a typical men’s discussion group.

Listening Learn more about the importance of listening to each other in groups from Ralph Roughton.

Facilitating useful information for facilitators on the role, skills, a code of ethics, sharing the role, looking after yourself, understanding groups and running into problems.

Download the complete Information & Resource Manual

Download the brochure to get a snapshot of OM:NI and share with others.

Articles of Interest: from time to time, we post news items that men suggest

History of OM:NI in Victoria 2004-2018 Find out how OM:NI got started in Victoria.

Photo Gallery Happy Snaps of some Men’s Discussion Groups

For more information about Men’s Discussion Groups, please contact COTA Victoria: Telephone: 1300 13 50 90 askcota@cotavic.org.au If you want to be contacted about joining an OM:NI group or want to start up a new group, please leave your contact details in the ‘Leave a Reply’ space below.

Below are links to Men’s Health Information and Resources



26 Responses to Men’s Discussion Groups – OM:NI

  1. Lance Rickard says:

    In the latest news letter I read about a Mick Dee Prose joining OMNI, if that is the Mick Dee Prose that was in the “fire sprinkler industry”, can you pass my email address onto him please.
    Lance Rickard

  2. Sarah says:

    Hi Lance,
    We’ve passed your details along.

    Sarah at COTA

  3. IAN GARDNER says:

    I am a retired Civil Engineer living in BOX HILL SOUTH 3128.
    I have read ” Guidelines for OM : NI Groups ” with a view to joining
    a local group
    A contact number and any additional personal information which may be required would be appreciated
    Yours Sincerely
    Ian Gardner

  4. IAN GARDNER says:


  5. Lewis Kaplan says:

    Just an historical note that OM:NI was an initiative of COTA NSW, with the original idea brought to me by volunteers Jack Zinn and Walter Black in 1995 when I was Executive Director. They also came up with the name. I was pleased to be able to develop of the initiative with the support of the COTA NSW Board.

    It’s great to see how many groups are now operating in Victoria!

  6. Mick O'Brien says:

    I’m interested in joining a group in the Essendon area (Melbourne)

  7. dan fitzgerald says:

    Any Omni groups in the Essendon area?

  8. bmorton says:

    Hi Dan

    The closest OMNI would be Thornbury in the OMNI list.



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  10. Gary Haley says:

    Please suggest to Ian Gardner BOX HILL Sth. the OM;NI group at the Box Hill R.S.L. OPPOSITE THE BOX HILL HOSPITAL, MEETS at 2-00 PM, the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month, in the library room, we are a small group and social membership of the Box Hill R.S.L. OF $2-00 ALLOWS TO FREE PARKING ON SITE parking in Box Hill is a very pricey and hard to find, AND FINES ARE A DEAD WEIGHT FOR SENIORS, DON’T EAT FOR THE WEEK, Note although I have the OM:NI interest, the attendance at the Box Hill Hospital always happens on a Thursday, I wish to live, to see the pensioners get a, what was once referred to as the AUSTRALIAN, FAIR GO,
    ( FAT CHANCE ) we can’t change our time and day, as others are also looking for rooms to meet at the Box Hill R.S.L. The R.S.L. do go out of there way to help ALL COMMUNITY GROUPS.

  11. Paul Williams says:

    I am a retired IT Professional living in Templestowe Lower and have just met an OM:NI member of the Eltham Group. I would be very interested in attending a club/group meeting. Please advise details of nearest Club, Eltham is not too far for me.

  12. Hi Paul,

    Thank you for getting in contact. One of our team members will be in contact with you soon.

    Kind regards,

    COTA Team

  13. Hi,
    Thank you for your comment!

    COTA Team

  14. Jeferson says:

    Great article! Help me a lot. Thank you!

  15. Hi Jeferson,
    thank you for your comment.
    Have a nice day!
    COTA Team

  16. tony roddam says:

    OMNI group in Ferntree Gully area

  17. Hi Tony,
    Thank you for your comment.
    I am not sure if you are looking for men discussions groups in Ferntree Gully. If that is the case please follow the link to see the list of groups close to your location. http://cotavic.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/OMNI-Group-List1.pdf

    Kind regards,

    COTA Victoria Team

  18. Gary says:

    Hi, to all in the OM:NI we in Box Hill have a slight problem, the economy, population, seniors who are desperate to pay their way, then Chinese money destroying the disposable $$$ of the
    senior especially the renter, Christmas I believe will, may attract
    a few more seeking help than usually,then the almighty so called flue contributing to early deaths, this year alone, some 12 land line phone calls asking, do we assist with financial help, sorry to say NO, the group is to get you out of the house, have a friendly chat with men in your own age group, possibly in your own trade or profession, have a 20 cent coffee, then we have an hour to solve the worlds problems, we are restricted with wheel chair access unfortunately, BUT! we have had members you are regularly visitor to the Box Hill Hospital, which is only across the road, BUT! the visit can be very painful.
    Have distributed the messages etc to all who attend, and the 2017 update for meeting spots, ( very good ) we have 1/4 column cards in community center notice boards, Big W and Coles not the most friendly some always some smart acre gives preference to female groups, males are not that popular, tried Cosco in Ringwood there were so many managers to go through I was beginning to wonder if the manager really existed, the economy is not very well managed, I do believe that the OM:NI men in many of the groups could put this country back on 2 legs and keep it there. What more can I say, ….. O! father, who are in heaven, where the hell are you?? …. VERY BEST OF LUCK TO ALL THE OM:NI GROUPS, AND BEST WISH’S FROM BOX HILL FOR THE FUTURE, ( especially the future )

  19. Hi Gary,
    Thank you for your comment and keep the good work 🙂
    COTA Team

  20. Michael Lomas says:

    Have been thinking of starting a men’s discussion and support group in Bacchus Marsh and came across the OMNI stuff. Initially wasn’t thinking of keeping it to older men, but am attracted to the structure and the fact that support is available ( I have to admit at 57, I already fit the criteria) I note there is a group in Werribee, but I like the idea of local men getting together. Could someone contact me?
    – might only take a bit of encouragement to start up something.

  21. Hi Michael,

    Thank you for your comment. One of our staff members will be in contact with you.
    COTA Team

  22. Ken Ramplin says:

    20th March 2018 Diamond Creek Group today celebrated their seventh birthday. The usual diverse activities since we last met were shared followed by birthday cake and morning tea. The topic – ‘Two or three people who you have admired and why’, brought forth some real surprises. We finished with a BBQ in the adjacent park. If you would like to come along to try the OM:NI experience, call Nick – 0435 805 319

  23. John Fahey says:

    A friend has informed me that he is in an OMNI Club and explained the format of meetings. I am interested in joining. I live at Keilor East, near Essendon but I cannon find an OMNI Club anywhere near this location. If someone is in the process of starting up a Club I could attend, could I please be inform. I think the concept of OMNI is brilliant.

  24. Brenda Lacey says:

    Hi John,

    Thanks for your interest in OMNI. Did you see there is a group in Maribyrnong? Mark McAuliffe is the contact person – perhaps you could contact him for more information. His number is 9688 0402.

    Would you kindly contact me on 1300 13 50 90 (9:30 to 1:00pm weekdays) if this does not suit you.

    Brenda Lacey
    Information Officer

  25. Jasmine says:

    The kindest and most genuine group of people I’ve met, highly recommend x

  26. Kasia Tkaczyk says:

    Hi Jasmine,
    Thank you for your comment. We are glad you enjoyed their company.

    COTA Victoria Team

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