Men’s Health Week

Did you know the 14-20 June 2021 is Men’s Health Week?

Men’s Health Week is celebrated internationally each year in the middle of June and aims to spread education on men’s health and what it means to be healthy.

Some of the objectives of this initiative include,

  • To raise public awareness of the unique health concerns
    of men and boys in Australia, as well as the very real health
    disparities between groups of men

  • To provide community health centres, local organisations,
    community groups and the private sector with tools to amplify
    this national campaign at the local level

  • To educate medical, health care and welfare professionals
    so that they feel more competent in the area of men’s health
    and wellbeing

  • To educate men about their health and wellbeing issues,
    since there is a common belief that men think that their health does not matter

So why Men’s Health?

Did you know, a boy born in Australia in 2010 has a life expectancy of 78.0 years while a baby girl born at the same time could expect to live to 82.3 years old. Right from the start, boys suffer more illness, more accidents and die earlier than their female counterparts.

Men take their own lives at four times the rate of women (that’s five men a day, on average). Accidents, cancer and heart disease all account for the majority of male deaths.

Through awareness such as this, the aim is simply to encourage increasing
numbers of men and boys to value their health and wellbeing. It is the first important step in developing more effective ways of taking care of themselves so they can lead longer and happier lives.

Resources

MEN’S HEALTH AND
WELLBEING WEBSITES

Aboriginal Men’s Health
http://www.ahmrc.org.au

Andrology Australia
http://www.andrologyaustralia.org

Australian Men’s Sheds Association
National site for information on men’s sheds and a locator to find a men’s shed in your area.
http://www.mensshed.org/

Australasian Men’s Health Forum (AMHF).
AMHF is the national peak body implementing a social approach to improving male health and wellbeing. AMHF conducts the National
Male Health Gatherings every two years.

http://www.amhf.org.au
Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HealthInfoNet
http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/

The Black Dog Institute
is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder.
http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/

Cancer Council
http://www.cancercouncil.com.au
Department Of Veterans Affairs – Men’s Health Peer Education Program
The DVA Men’s Health Peer Education program brings men’s information through peer to peer networks.
http://www.dva.gov.au/mhpe.htm

Gay and Lesbian Telephone Counselling and Community Services
http://www.twenty10.org.au/

Child Support – Department of Human Services
http://www.humanservices.gov.au

Dads and Daughters
http://www.joekelly.org/

Diabetes Australia
http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/

Foundation 49 – Men’s Health organisation (49% of the oz population are men)
http://www.49.com.au/

Menalive – website of Jed Diamond, USA men’s health expert in Irritable Male Syndrome, Male Menopause, and Male Depression
http://www.menalive.com/

Mensline Australia
24/7 telephone helpline 1300 78 9978. Has a good range of resources on their website.
http://www.mensline.org.au/

Men’s Health Australia – National web portal for issues relating to men’s health. Provides a range of resources and reports on men’s issues.
http://www.menshealthaustralia.net/

Men’s Health Forum NSW
The Men’s Health Forum NSW is the State peak body of improving the health, relationships and wellbeing of men & boys in NSW.
http://www.menshealthforumnsw.org.au
email: info@menshealthforumnsw.org.au

Men’s Health SERVICES
Australia’s leading men’s health consultancy service providing men’s health and wellbeing programs, men’s workplace health and
wellbeing programs, professional training programs for health, welfare and community workers around effective engagement with men.
http://www.menshealthservices.com.au

One in Three.
The One in Three campaign aims to raise public awareness of the existence and needs of male victims of family violence and abuse. The aim is to work with government and non-government services to reduce the incidence and impacts of family violence on Australian men,
women and children.
http://www.oneinthree.com.au/

Postnatal Depression
Information and resources for men and families
http://www.postpartummen.com/

Uncle Project
Mentoring for youth website
http://www.uncle.org.au