Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre


Male Health Conditions

Males are affected by significant rates of illness and disease and their interactions with the prevention and treatment of illness are different from those of females.

This section covers programs and resources that profile resources and programs to address male illnesses and conditions.

  • Cancer

    Men And Managing Cancer
    The Australian Institute Of Health And Welfare estimates that around 20,000 men die every year from cancer in Australia and the treatment of cancer places a heavy burden on the health system on an ongoing basis.

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  • Cardiovascular Disease

    Cardiovascular Disease
    The ABS estimates that around 7% of men have some form of cardiovascular disease and this proportion increases with age. General trends around cardiovascular disease prevention are observed to adopt a non-gendered approach as the principles of prevnetion and treatment are similar in both genders.

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  • Continence

    Male Incontinence Resources
    Incontinence affects many men and is often associated with surgery for bowel or prostate cancer. This section outlines resources that examine the occurrence of incontinence in males and how services can become better equipped to handle men with this issue.

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  • Dementia

    With an increasingly aged population, more occurrences of dementia and Alzheimer's disease will be evident. It is estimated that 260,000 Australians have dementia and another 1.2 million people are carers of someone with dementia.

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  • Depression

    Depression takes an enormous toll on many men and their families. It is often difficult to treat, hard to cope with and impacts on whole communities. Its recognition as an illness is increasing and there are programs that are working to reduce the stigma of this illness.

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  • Diabetes

    Diabetes is a very preventable condition that is strongly correlated with socioeconomic status. Diabetes Australia estimates that around 4.9% of males and 3.9% of females are affected by diabetes.

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  • Eating Disorders

    Eating Disorders
    It is estimated that nearly 10% of boys and men will have some kind of eating disorder and the prevalence of these disorders is impacted by cultural ideals of masculinity and body image.

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  • Eye Disease

    Eye Health Resources
    These resources are included as tools for running community events where a focus on preventative eye health would be useful.

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  • Mental Health

    Mental Health
    Problems with mental health is a complex issue that poses enormous costs on the community but it is frequently maligned and misunderstood. Mental health issues cross over into other health areas including physical and social health and this complexity provides both opportunities and adds difficulty to effectively resolving the illnesses.

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  • Musculoskeletal Conditions

    Musculoskeletal Conditions
    The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) estimated that around 6.1 million Australians or 28% of the total population suffered from musculoskeletal conditions in 2011-12. The estimated total cost of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions in Australia were $55.1 billion in 2012 according to the report pdfA Problem Worth Solving -1.32 MB by Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria.

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  • Stress

    Resources For Managing Stress
    Managing stressful times in life is part of being healthy and the services listed in this section offer resources for men at various points of stress.

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Men-only supportive expressive group therapy intervention

The effectiveness of a men-only supportive expressive group therapy intervention for psychosocial health outcomes in gastrointestinal cancer patients: a 6-month longitudinal study

An increasing number of gastrointestinal cancer (GI) patients suffer from side effects of cancer treatment that can affect their mood states and quality of life. Despite its demonstrated effectiveness in female cancer patients, Supportive Expressive Group Therapy (SEGT) has not been tested in male cancer patients. The current study sought to examine the longitudinal effects of a professionally-led, men-only SEGT on mood states, coping, and quality of life (QoL) in male GI cancer patients.

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Oberoi, D., Martopullo, C., Bultz, B. D., & Carlson, L. E. (2021). The effectiveness of a men-only supportive expressive group therapy intervention for psychosocial health outcomes in gastrointestinal cancer patients: a 6-month longitudinal study. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes19(1), 1-14.


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A free confidential telephone support service in each state and territory

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AIHW: Cancer In Australia - An Overview 2012

Cancer Like many conditions, cancer affects propertionally higher rates of males than females. Understanding the major risk factors for cancer to bring about effective prevention and treatment is useful for services.

It is important to understand the prevalence of cancers among males as death from cancer is the next most pressing cause after cardiovascular disease.

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Cancer Council: Cancer Resources For Males

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For cancer advice and awareness information directed at males, these resources may provide useful guidance.

For individuals and organisations running events or creating awareness about the experiences of men and boys with cancer, it can be useful to have access toresources designed for males.

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Men's Health Forum: Men & Cancer - Saving Lives Expert Report

mhf logo This report is a summary of the presentations and debate at the Men and Cancer Expert Roundtable in January, 2013, King's Fund, London, UK. Men are over 35% more likely to die from cancer than women in the UK. This difference is even more evident when breast cancer and sex-specific cancers such as prostate and ovarian are removed from the analysis – men were then 67% more likely to die from cancer.

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Andrology Australia: Local and Advanced Prostate Cancer - A Guide For Men And Their Families

Localised Prostate Cancer This resource has been produced to provide men with advanced prostate cancer an in-depth guide to its treatment and management.

Being diagnosed with cancer comes as a shock to every patient. What follows is often a deluge of confusing information, mixed views on the treatment options and general confusion and uncertaintiy for the patient and their family.

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Centre For Men's Health Leeds: A Review Of Barriers In Male Lung Cancer Screening

Leeds Published in the Journal Of Men's Health in May 2011, this reviewed strategies to engage men in lung cancer screening.

 "Focus on strategies that work rather than strategies that put men off seeking help..."

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Prostate Cancer: The Next Generation

PCFA Logo small Traditionally, many men have not been proactive about their prostate health. They have seen prostate cancer as a disease that old men die with, not of. Unfortunately, the statistics tell a very different story.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia, with almost 20,000 men diagnosed each year. Australia and New Zealand have the highest incidence in the world, with one in seven men diagnosed by age 75 and one in five diagnosed by age 85.

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PCFA: Community Attitudes Survey To Prostate Cancer

PCFA MasterLogo POS RGB Community awareness of prostate cancer has increased markedly in the last ten years. This offers some useful insights into men's and women's perspectives on prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is viewed as being the major men's health issue and one of the top five health issues in the community although it accounts for 4.2% of male deaths and 13% of male cancer deaths.

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Andrology Australia: Early Detection of Prostate Cancer Guide

Prostate Cancer Card This resource has been developed for General Practitioners to assist with the early detection of prostate cancer in a way that encourages discussion with male patients.

This guide can help a GP provide easy to understand information to a man about prostate cancer screening and the likelihood of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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PCFA: Prostate Cancer Foundation Ambassador Program

PCFA MasterLogo POS RGB The PCFA Ambassador Program’s objective is to raise community awareness of prostate cancer and to provide resources for individuals to learn more. Ambassador presentations are delivered by trained people, many of whom have first-hand experience of prostate cancer. Around 3,300 men a year die from prostate cancer in Australia.

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Beyond Blue: Anxiety Disorders And Depression In Men With Testicular Cancer

Anxiety Testicular Cancer This document recognises that some men with testicular cancer will experience ongoing anxiety and depression, and that managing these states is an important part of the journey towards healing.

Helping men work through the process of receiving treatment for cancer includes managing their emotional and social wellbeing as much as their physical health.

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Movember: Prostate Cancer Outcomes Australia Annual Report 2016

movember The Prostate Cancer Health Outcomes Research Unit (PCHORU), supported by the Movember Foundation, has established and analysed data from the Prostate Cancer Outcomes Registry – Australia and New Zealand to address some of the unmet needs of men with prostate cancer. 

"A key component of this global initiative has been the support for introducing prostate cancer outcomes registries to monitor patient-reported outcomes and patterns of care."

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Cancer Institute NSW: Incidences Of Cancer In Males

hdr nsw CINSW text The NSW Cancer Institute provides data sources and portals to supply information about the rates of cancer in NSW in males. A male in Australia is 1.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than a female.

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