Male Health In Australia: A Call For Action

Despite three decades of adverse statistics, male health policy or rather the lack of it, continues to fail the Australian male.

  

Research continues to demonstrate a disproportionate gender differential in death and illness for males in Australia. The National Male Health Policy (NMHP) released in 2010 lacks endorsement, an action plan or adequate funding by the current Federal Government. 

In response, the Australian Men’s Health Forum (AMHF) has produced Male Health in Australia: A Call For Action.  

The paper is the basis for the call for action that AMHF is making to the political parties. Everyone is encouraged to use these resources during and beyond Men’s Health Week.

 

Please Download And Share These Resources

 

1-Page Summary

Male Health in Australia: A Call For Action is a 1-page summary that explains the issues and specific areas of concern around male health.

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8-Page Issues Paper

Male Health in Australia: A Call For Action Position Paper explains the issues and specific areas of concern around male health.

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Powerpoint Slides

Male Health in Australia: A Call For Action Powerpoint Slides explain the issues and specific areas of concern around male health.

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Next Steps?

AMHF calls on all political parties to:

  • Affirm the National Male Health Policy.
  • Commit to allocate adequate funds to implement the policy, starting 2016.
  • Take an all-of-government approach to male health with more departments taking lead roles in tackling the socio-economic determinant of poor male health.
  • Seek a co-operative State-Federal approach with uniform policies.
  • Resource policy makers, planners and service providers commensurate with need, across all areas affecting male health.
  • Continue development of male-specific prevention strategies and programs including for sub-groups at risk.
  • Fund and support research into the factors that act as obstacles to males utilising health care services and being pro-active in improving their health.
  • Promote recognition of the social constructs influencing male utilisation of health care services.
  • Expand training programs teaching health professionals how to engage with men and how to develop male friendly health promotions, programs, projects and resources.

These strategies are discussed in more detail on page 6 of the position paper.

Thanking you for your support.

Gary Bryant Executive Officer

AMHF is the peak national forum promoting a social approach to male health and wellbeing.

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