Govt to focus on men’s health

Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced a decade-long National Male Health Strategy that will focus on the mental and physical health of men and boys

“During 2018 Men’s Health Week it is important to remember that in Australia, like most countries, males have poorer health outcomes on average than females,” the Minister says.

Men’s Health Week runs from 11-17 June 2018. This year’s theme is “Men and families—making healthy connections”.

“More males die at every stage of life,” Minister Hunt says. “Males have more accidents, are more likely to take their own lives and are more prone to lifestyle-related chronic health conditions than women and girls at the same age.

“This is why I am announcing today, the beginning of a process to establish a National Male Health Strategy for the period 2020 to 2030.”

The strategy will build the 2010 National Male Health Policy and aims to identify what is needed to improve male health outcomes and provide a framework for taking action, he says.

It strategy will be developed in consultation with experts and stakeholders in male health. The public will be invited to provide input through online consultation later this year.

“Australian men and boys are vital to the health and happiness of their families and communities, but need to pay more attention to their own mental and physical wellbeing,” Mr Hunt says.

He encouraged men to talk about their health with someone they trust during this Men’s Health Week, to think about their own health and wellbeing and participate in events happening across the country.

Mr Hunt highlighted that the Turnbull Government provides funding to several organisations that focus on the health of men and boys, including Men’s Health Information Resource Centre at Western Sydney University, Andrology Australia and the Australian Men’s Health Forum.

The Government is also providing $5.1 million over three years to the Australian Men’s Shed Association to provide general support activities and resources to new and existing Men’s Sheds and to manage the National Shed Development Programm on behalf of the Australian Government, Mr Hunt says.

“The National Male Health Strategy builds on and complements the National Women’s Health Strategy 2020 to 2030 I announced at the National Women’s Health Summit in February.” 

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