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VicHealth: Men's Health And Wellbeing Strategy Background Paper

Dept Vic Health 1 This report brings together a broad range of information to provide the first comprehensive picture of the health and wellbeing of Victorian men and boys.

"In what ways can health services ensure that they better understand and meet the health needs of men?..."
The Victorian Department Of Health has taken a positive approach towards male health and recognises that there is a gendered difference in male health outcomes versus female health outcomes. 
This disparity is behind the provision of a specific male health strategy and background paper which sets out the status of males in Victoria and sets in place a male-centric health strategy.

This document provides a useful framework for understanding a holistic approach to male health from a community, policy and background viewpoint.

Major themes included for review are:

  • Service delivery and orientation - In what ways can health services ensure that they better understand and meet the health needs of men? This may include areas such as flexible service delivery and outreach, marketing of services to men, provision of health information directed towards men, staff training and development.  How can the Department of Health encourage the use of a gender perspective and gender analysis in the delivery of health services?
  • Supporting healthy living - What approaches are most effective in supporting healthy lifestyle behaviours among men, particularly in relation to tobacco, obesity, fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and alcohol consumption? What approaches to working with boys to develop positive health behaviours among future men are most effective?
  • Men’s health efficacy - In what ways can men best be supported to increase their connections with primary care services, undertake regular check-ups with a GP, build their knowledge and awareness of health issues, participate in screening programs such as the National bowel cancer screening program, align positive health behaviours with common notions of masculinity?
  • Supporting men’s economic and social participation - How can stronger connections be developed between health services and employment services? How can community, club and social groups have the greatest effect in supporting positive health outcomes among men?
  • Health-promoting society - What approaches are most effective for encouraging health promoting notions of masculinity in schools, sporting clubs, and other social and cultural environments? Are there regulatory, fiscal or planning policies that are particularly relevant for supporting men’s health? How can the creation of men’s health modules within health and allied health courses be encouraged? What are the greatest knowledge or research gaps relating to men’s health?
  • Conditions and sub-groups of men - What factors are most important for the Department of Health to focus on in improving men’s outcomes across ischaemic heart disease, cancer, mental health problem, suicide, accidents and injuries. What approaches are most effective for responding to the health issues faced by young men and indigenous men?

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