Australia continued to demonstrate its health leadership with the announcement as only the second country worldwide to implement a National Male Health Policy. The policy document pack begins with a discussion of male health issues and the public consultations conducted in its development.
The consultations and an extensive review of the literature, led to the following underpinning assumptions:
- The health of Australian males is important.
- There are health inequities between males and females.
- Not all male population groups have the same health outcomes.
- Health is holistic.
Six priority areas are then laid out for action. These are to promote:
- Priority 1: Optimal health outcomes for males
- Priority 2: Health equity between population groups of males
- Priority 3: Improved health for males at different life stages
- Priority 4: A focus on preventive health for males, particularly regarding chronic disease and injury
- Priority 5: Building a strong evidence base on male health and using it to inform policies, programs and initiatives
- Priority 6: Improved access to health care for males through initiatives and tailored healthcare services, particularly for male population groups at risk of poor health
Men's Health Information & Resource Centre
Prof John MacdonaldWestern Sydney University
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