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Accessible Health Care For Men & Boys

Practitioners are becoming more and more aware that part of the battle to get men to use health services is about creating services that are responsive and open to the way that men understand and interact with health and wellbeing. These resources provide insights into good practice ideas and concepts that improve the ability of men to access services in an effective way.

Who Self-Cares Wins:A global perspective on men and self-care

GAMH’s latest report, is published today (5 April) to coincide with World Health Day on 7 April. 
‘Many congratulations to Global Action on Men’s Health for their report on men and self-care. I’m really impressed by its breadth and depth. It’s a great compilation of the evidence around men’s attitudes and practices, as well as practical advice’ – Sarah Hawkes, Professor of Global Public Health and Director, UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health and Co-Director, Global Health 50/50. Read the full report Who-Self-Cares-Wins.GAMH_.April-2019.Final-report.pdf

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Life expectancy gaps: WHO

Uneven access to health services drives life expectancy gaps: WHO

  • Where women can access health services, maternal deaths decrease, lengthening women’s life expectancy. 
  • In many circumstances, men access health care less than women.
  • Men are much more likely to die from preventable and treatable noncommunicable diseases and road traffic accidents.
  • 18.1-year gap in life expectancy between poorest and richest countries.
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Men's Health Forum UK: Best Practice Guide - How Male Health Can Be Enhanced Through Community Pharm

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This project was funded in 2007 to understand what works and why in encouraging men to make better use of pharmacies and identify potential barriers to better health for men. 

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MHERV: The Men's Health Educational Rural Van

MERV 1 Thumb MERV is a mobile, men’s health check up and information service. The modified van travels to men’s workplaces and community sites.

"MHERV is a unique project with no other similar service offered throughout New South Wales..."

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Men's Health Services: Making Your Practice Men Friendly

MHS 200x200 This article is reproduced from the South-Eastern News from September 2011. It describes a proven approach to making general practice accessible to men.

"The health of Australian males can be improved through a strong partnership between patient, doctor and other health care professionals..."

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University of Adelaide: What Do We Know About Men’s Help-Seeking & Health Service Use?

Help Seeking This paper sheds some valuable insight into the patterns of behaviour of men and their families using services. The paper reveals that men approach health services with a distinctly different approach to that of women and that in some cases, services are not fully equipped to provide for the needs of men in comparison to women. 

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Andrology Australia: Engaging Men In Primary Care Settings

GP This helpful guide compiled by Andrology Australia with support from BeyondBlue and the Freemasons Centre for Men's Health presents common questions and responses to issues of engaging men in General Practice.

"There is a balance between encouraging men to use GP services and encouraging GPs to run men-friendly services..."

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LinkWest: Bringing In The Blokes: A Guide to Attracting And Involving Men

BringingBlokes 270px What are the strategies best used to attract men into community and neighbourhood centres? This booklet produced by Learning Centre Link and the Western Australian Government Department For Community Development outlines ideas on how to better engage with men.

"Programs can be very successful if they take an active approach to the needs of men..."

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MHIRC: Resource Kit 1: Practitioners’ Guide to Accessible Health Care for Men

mhirc kit1This guide is intended to assist those working in health services where males are one of their client groups or the main client group. The information and tools in this guide will assist in improving men and boys’ access to services.

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Andrology Australia: Barriers and Enablers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access to Healt

andrology au This guide identifies barriers to health service use for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and provides recommendations for improved access to health services. It also includes health promotion activities to encourage health service participation.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men's Health Plan 2015-2020

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) men suffer significant health disparities compared to non-indigenous men. Health services can improve accessibility by implementing culturally appropriate services that consider the needs of indigenous men.

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