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Entries in Men's Health Week (39)

Thursday
Jun092016

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

The Australian Men’s Health Forum (AMHF) has produced Male Health in Australia A call for action.  Click here to read the eight page paper.

To read a one page summary click here.

The paper is the basis for the call for action that AMHF is making to the political parties.  Click here to read What’s Next?

AMHF has also produced a PowerPoint presentation.  Click here for a copy.

Everyone is encouraged to use these resources during and beyond Men’s Health Week.

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

W: www.amhf.org.au
E: admin@amhf.org.au
P: 0414 950 902.

Tuesday
Jun092015

Men Say YES to Family Peace

Help end all violence against women, men, children and animals

We are living in a society that is in the midst of an epidemic of domestic violence and during Men’s Health Week this month it is time that men unite to SAY YES to Family Peace and start to put in place actions for ending all violence against women, men, children and animals. 

Whilst violence in our community affects all ages and genders, there has very understandably been an emphasis placed on raising awareness of violence against women because two-thirds of the victims of domestic violence in Australia are women.  As a result, many people tend to think of domestic violence as something that happens to women perpetrated by men only - but this is not the case. Both men and women are capable of violence in relationships. Domestic violence against men is under-studied, under-reported and they become the hidden victims of domestic violence. 

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Wednesday
Jun112014

More man-friendly health services needed to stem suicide flow

Suicide continues to be one of the top 10 causes of death amongst men, with suicide prevention campaigners using a Canberra conference to call for more "male friendly" health services to encourage men to seek help.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of male death according to the most recent ABS data which found three-quarters of people who died by suicide were male.

Of the 2535 suicide deaths in Australia in 2012, 1901 were men and 634 were women, which equates to almost seven suicide deaths a day. 

Men are three times more likely to commit suicide - and three times less likely to seek help - than women, the 2014 Men's Health and Suicide Prevention Conference in Canberra was told on Wednesday. 

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Professor John MacDonald, director of Men's Health Information and Resource Centre at the University of Western Sydney.

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Monday
Jun092014

High male death rates throughout the world must be tackled, says new global men’s health body

Globally, men die five years earlier than women and are 50% more likely to die between the ages of 15 and 60. In countries classified as ‘least developed’ and ‘less developed’ by the United Nations, adult mortality fell faster among women than among men between 1992 and 2012. In every part of the world, men’s health outcomes are substantially worse than women’s yet this inequality has as yet received little national, regional or global attention from health policymakers or healthcare providers.

A new organisation, Global Action on Men’s Health has therefore been launched today, at the start of International Men’s Health Week 2014, with an urgent call to improve the poor state of men’s health in every part of the world.

Backed by eight organisations based in four continents, Global Action on Men’s Health (GAMH) wants the World Health Organisation and other international public health bodies, as well as individual governments, to acknowledge the scale of the problems facing men and boys and to take sustained action to tackle them. This work should sit alongside continuing action to improve the health of women and girls.

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Monday
Jun092014

For Men’s Health Week - have the chat that saves lives!

Men’s Health Week is a good time to ask the blokes in your life – have you thought about organ and tissue donation?

In Australia there are around 1,600 men, women and children on transplant waiting lists at any one time.  With only 1% of all deaths in hospitals in circumstances permitting organ donation to happen, every Australian needs as many people as possible in our community to have considered the issue, be registered and discussed their wishes with loved ones.  This is because In Australia the family will always be asked to confirm the donation wishes of the deceased before donation for transplantation can proceed.

Just one person who has decided today to be a potential organ and tissue donor tomorrow, can save the lives of 10 or more people!

Yet only 40% of Victorians on the Australian Organ Donor Register are men.

So come on guys, DonateLife Victoria encourages all males to have the chat that saves lives:

  • Think about being a potential organ and tissue donor – discover the facts, decide and register on Australia’s organ donor register
  • Most importantly make sure you have discussed your wishes with your loved ones and ask and know theirs
  • And make sure all the men you know do too, amongst family, friends and workmates!

Remember, “Men Can Too!” - visit www.donatelife.gov.au to get all the details.