Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre



Understanding Indigenous Methodologies with Dr John Hunter: Learning survival, sustainability, and healing through community. 

This episode was recorded in collaboration and partnership with the Men’s Health, Information, and Research Center (MHIRC) based at Western Sydney University. It is the second installment of conversations with social researchers looking into the health and wellbeing of men and boys.

This week we were lucky enough to be able to yarn with Dr John Hunter of the Gamilaraay & Wiradjuri people, and working at Macquarie University, who focuses his research and practice in Indigenous Methodologies through Community Based Action Research. His focus in today’s conversation is ‘Learning survival, sustainability, and healing through community. There could not be a more important moment for us to listen to John’s perspective here. Read more and listen to the podcast here

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About This Site

The MENGAGE (NSW Men's Health Clearinghouse) website is administered out of the University of Western Sydney (ABN 53 014 069 881) and funded by the New South Wales Ministry Of Health (ABN 92 697 899 630).


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MENGAGE is designed to answer some commonly asked questions from folks taking action in male health. These questions include:

  • "What resources are available to help us run a better male health program?"
  • "How do you engage with men and get them to come to events, think about their health or otherwise take action for better health?"

By showcasing and sharing programs, resources and publications that others in the field have produced about better male health, you can learn from their experiences, successes and even their mistakes!

A More Detailed Approach To Male Health

MENGAGE aims to do more than just list avaiable resources and programs.  We believe the valuable part is to go further and analyse what's available and why it is useful.

This means linking resources together, extracting insights from the program and its owners, and uncovering knowledge and resources from across the world of male health.

MENGAGE is the NSW Male Health Clearinghouse

We're based in New South Wales but it's our job to search the world for resources that demonstrate good practice in male health. As you can see, there are a large number of facets to male health so there is a lot to cover.

Most of all, if you have found a good way to increase the number of men or boys attending your service, or you've broken through some difficult barriers to reach males, we would like to know.

You can tell us all about your successes at our Submit A Resource page, and we'll go from there.

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Users of this website are warned that it may contain images and/or references to deceased people, which could cause distress or sadness particularly for some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The resource may also contain words and descriptions that could be culturally sensitive and which might not normally be used in public or community contexts.

For example, some information may be considered appropriate for viewing only by men or only by women. We respect these issues but advise that it has not been possible to provide materials in a way that prevents access by a person of the other gender.

Users are asked to respect this cultural protocol.

MENGAGE is the Australian Male Health Clearinghouse.  We will:

  • Showcase examples of programs, research, publications or other initiatives that demonstrate evidence of good practice in areas of male health mainly in Australia but also internationally if appropriate.
  • Provide data that enables male health practitioners to clearly demonstrate areas of need and major issues in male health
  • Collate evidence that recognises the major health issues that are contributing to men's health.

MENGAGE will therefore:

  • Offer content that is relevant to practitioners working in New South Wales in diverse aspects of male health. This content may be sourced from other states in Australia or even from overseas if there is relevance to improving practices in NSW.
  • Profile resources that can be used in their current form by other health practitioners rather than profile services to purchase or the work of individuals or organisations that isn't directly of use to other practitioners.
  • Focus on the needs of practitioners working in New South Wales:  
    • More accessible, appropriate health care for men.
    • Better cancer awareness, early detection and intervention.
    • More effective health messages for men, (less obesity, less smoking, less risk drinking and less unsafe sex).
    • Better mental health and wellbeing.  
    • Better prepared, more involved fathers.

In the men's health community, we constantly come across excellent and well-considered initiatives across a vast array of sectors.

MENGAGE is about documenting and profiling these initiatives to showcase the practices that really delivered good results for the program's clientele.

The actions that work in men's health are diverse, yet they are also specific to the immediate context of a particular program. So a program targeting Aboriginal males in western Sydney may find different things work to a similar program in remote western New South Wales.

MENGAGE is also about creating a lasting record of some of these great initiatives.  The reality is that many successful programs take more than one funding term to produce solid results, so findings from short term programs can be lost if they are not renewed.

You Can Contribute

If you are running a program, producing resources or undertaking research in men's health, we want you to be part of MENGAGE.

There are several good reasons to be part of the Men's Health Clearinghouse:

  • It's free exposure for your organisation
  • It's an independent resource that brings out the parts of your program that delivered something useful.
  • You can bring together as many available resources about the program as you have available - from photos, videos, audio, brochures, anything you care to share with us!

Please contact us if you wish to take part.

Who Administers MENGAGE?

MENGAGE is a project of the Men's Health Information & Resource Centre Men's Health Information & Resource Centre  at the University of Western Sydney.

It is funded through the Men's Health Action Plan by the NSW Ministry of Health NSW Ministry of Health

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

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.
Read more here


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

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..."
Read more: LinkWest: Bringing In The Blokes: A Guide to Attracting And Involving Men

Men, masculinity and the new coronavirus: sharing gender issues in the first phase of the pandemic

This article presents reflections on masculinity and the social construction of gender - based on the global phenomenon of the new coronavirus pandemic - produced by researchers who are part of the national research team on comprehensive health care policy for men in Brazil. From a gender-based standpoint, the article contends that it is necessary to note that cis heteronormative male socialization is guided by three core issues: 1) the submission to practices of care of self and others; 2) the rejection of preventive health practices, due to a distorted matrix of risk perception (and a certain sense of “invulnerability”); 3) the domestic dynamics marked by postures of command, order, and honor. These dimensions of everyday life were profoundly upset in this first phase of the epidemic, in which confinement became the most recommended alternative. These issues are configured as recurring (though not recent) repertoires that glorify the central model of a male order that needs to become an object of reflection, insofar as they endanger the health of men and women and, more broadly, of the status quo of the accepted tenets of domestic and social order.

Read the full article here. 

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Purpose: The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the lives of men. The present study investigated psychosocial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on a help-seeking sample of Canadian men, focusing on diverse aspects of their psychosocial well-being.

Methods: A cross-sectional, open survey study design was used. Canadian adult men who were visiting an eHealth depression resource ( were recruited to complete an online survey. Descriptive statistics, including means and standard deviations for continuous variables and frequency and percentages for categorical variables, were used to summarize survey responses. Regression analysis was utilized to identify factors associated with various mental health indicators (anxiety, depression, fear of COVID-19, suicidality). The Patient Health Questionnaire-4, Fear of COVID-19 Scale, and item 9 (suicidality item) from the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 were used to assess the mental health indicators.

Results: A total of 434 men completed the study. Most respondents (79.3%; N = 344) indicated that their mental health was negatively affected by COVID-19, and two-thirds (65.5%; N = 284) conveyed that government-imposed physical distancing measures had negatively affected their mental health. Half the sample (51.2%; N = 222) reported at least moderate financial stress due to COVID-19. Nearly a third of respondents (31.1%; N = 135) reported that their current living situation has had a considerable or severe negative impact on their mental health since COVID-19. About two-fifths (37.7%; N = 94) of men felt that COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their relationship with their intimate partner. Nearly a third of respondents who were in a relationship (30.9%; N = 77) reported that they engaged in some type of abuse (primarily verbal abuse, 22.9%; N = 57) toward their intimate partner during COVID-19, and more than a quarter (27.3%; N = 68) reported being abused by their intimate partner (also primarily verbal abuse, 22.5%; N = 56). Just under half (42.2%; N = 183) of the respondents indicated experiencing suicidal ideation.

Read the full article here. 

Ogrodniczuk, J. S., Rice, S. M., Kealy, D., Seidler, Z. E., Delara, M., & Oliffe, J. L. (2021). Psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional study of online help-seeking Canadian men. Postgraduate Medicine.

National FREE 24/7 Crisis Services

Lifeline | 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service | 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline | 1800 55 1800
MensLine Australia | 1300 78 99 78
Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service | 1800 512 348

beyondblue beyondblue was commissioned by funding from the Movember Foundation to conduct this research which aims to understand experiences of psychological distress in new fathers, the barriers and facilitators to help seeking, appropriate communication concepts for engagement, and identifying strategies to support them and help to build their resilience.

Read more: beyondblue: Healthy Dads? The Challenge of Being a New Father

father inclusive The aim of father-inclusive practice is to engage fathers in a way that makes them feel welcome and valued, and encouraging them to participate in programs, as well as considering them in all aspects of service delivery. The current barriers to father-inclusive practice need to be addressed and services must strive to meet the needs of fathers.
Read more: The Family Action Centre: Father-Inclusive Practice Guide

dfes This publication provides a summary of research and information available on engaging fathers in their children’s learning. Schools that include both mums and dads in the life of the school and in their children's learning, have seen significant positive differences to children's achievements, motivation and self-esteem. Involving fathers can also benefit the fathers themselves, as well as their families.
Read more: DfES: Engaging Fathers Involving Parents, Raising Achievement

dads in play Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) has for the past decade been working with early intervention with fathers through universal and targeted community-based programs. The wider community is now recognising the benefits of father-inclusive practice and the positive outcomes it has for children, families and communities.
Read more: Relationships Australia Victoria: Dads In Play Recommendations, Future Directions & Resources

Impact of COVID-19 restrictions on men's mental health services in Australia

Mental health services in Australia have faced significant challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic in adopting the new changes to reach service users. The rapid changes in the situation and surge in the number of people seeking help or in crisis have led services to use many strategies which they would not have considered in normal situations. The services working with men were especially experiencing the difficulty in fulfilling the needs of their clients as the evidence shows that Australian men’s help seeking behaviour is lower than women.

Read more here

Cite the article: 

Guntuku, S., Hall, N., & Poole, G. (2020). Impact of COVID-19 restrictions on men's mental health services in Australia. Men's Health Journal4(1), e22-e22.


Compared with the general population, Australian farmers—particularly men—have been identified as at greater risk of suicide. A complex range of factors are thought to contribute to this risk, including the experience of Stigma. stigma also impacts those who have attempted suicide, their carers, and those bereaved by suicide—manifesting as shame, guilt, social isolation, concealment of death, reduced help seeking and ongoing risk of suicide. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of an intervention, tailored for the farming context, designed to reduce stigma among farming men with a lived experience of suicide. 

Download the paper here

"When one man shares feelings and vulnerability, he opens the door for another man to walk through it with his own sharing of authentic feelings” – Ben Hughes, The Men’s Table

The Men’s Table is a preventative men’s mental health initiative that commenced in 2011 with one group of men. The experiences of this first informal group led to the development of a guide on how to form a successful group, called The Men’s Table Fundamentals. 

From the beginning of 2019, when The Men’s Table was offered to men in the community, introductory sessions called Entree meetings were held to encourage more men to form or join their own local Table groups. In one year, between January and December 2019, the number of Table groups expanded from one to 15 Tables with a total of 148 members (see Appendix A for Table Locations).

The Men’s Table is rapidly developing from an informal ‘self- help’ strategy to a national network of Tables. This growth provided an opportunity to evaluate the experience of the men who are Table members, focusing on their motivation to join and the perceived impact that participation had on their lives and relationships. We also wanted to gather evidence on the effectiveness of the Table

approach by exploring how The Fundamentals were implemented in practice, how they contribute to outcomes for participants, and the extent to which the model is robust.

The outcomes of this investigation are The Men’s Table Model and an evaluation tool, establishing a foundation for the growth of the network of Tables, the ongoing fidelity of the model, and directions for future development, evaluation and research.

This paper presents The Men’s Table Model and explores the underpinning evidence. Read/Donload the document (6 MB) here

Contact details: 

Ben Hughes - co-founder - The Men's Table
Ph: 0424 99 33 66 
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Rural mental health service inundated by women hoping 'farm speak' will save men

Are You Bogged Mate? is targeted at rural men, a group nearly twice as likely to die by suicide as their urban counterparts.

The founder, plant scientist Mary O'Brien, said women left behind after a son, brother, or husband took their own lives, also needed support but often slipped through the cracks.

Ms O'Brien said country women had contacted her to share their stories and thank her for encouraging rural men to ask for help when they were mentally 'bogged'.

Read the full article on ABC here

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clinical summary Andrology Australia: Engaging Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Men In Primary Care Settings.

It is well recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men are the most disadvantaged population group in Australia in terms of physical well-being. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men have higher death rates, and are more likely to die at much younger ages from circulatory disease than the general population (AIHW, 2012), and they often have poor access to effective health services.(AIHW)

"Health services need to be accessible i.e. physically available, financially affordable and appropriate." 

Read more: Engaging Indigenous Men In Primary Care Settings

GP Resource Kit 1 There is much more to improving male health than getting men to seek help more effectively. While they have a place, public health campaigns frequently ignore the role that services play when a man does present. This guide is useful for GPs in encouraging systems and environments that promote male health engagement.
Read more: Western Sydney University: Promoting Men's Health In General Practice

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In this Section

Effective Approaches To Male Health
There is significant demand from the community the medical profession and policy makers to better shape the way that male health programs are formulated and delivered. This sections provides approaches that have demonstrated success in working in male health.

  • Accessible Health Care

    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.

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  • Communication With Men

    Effective Male Health Communication
    How practitioners communicate with males has a significant influence on how men and boys receive health information. In fact, it is only with appropriate communication techniques that practitioners can move past the challenge of 'men don't talk' or 'men won't discuss health' - when it's done in a male-friendly way, it can be hard to get them to stop talking! These resources provide insights into effective health communication for men that encourages them to adopt healthier behaviours and increase receptivity to health-giving information.

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  • Father-Inclusive Practice

    Better Methods For Involving Fathers In Health Services
    Since when did 'families' just mean women and children? Fathers play an immensely important role in health outcomes and as role models for their children. Fathers also play an important role as carers and supporters of their partners. So it follows that finding ways to engage with fathers proactively becomes really important. These resources offer examples of programs and research that uncover how and why fathers' involvement is important to their own as well as their family's health.

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  • Engaging Men In Health

    Good Practices To Engage Males In Health Services
    The challenge of getting men engaged with health programs and services is not new. One of the most commonly asked questions people ask when they start a male health program is usually 'how do you get men to come along?' The resources in the section demonstrate good practices in engaging men and boys in aspects of health and wellbeing.

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  • Effective Male Health Promotion

    Effective Methods Of Male Health Promotion
    Exactly what parts of health promotion work with men and boys? There are specific practices that encourage men to be involved in health programs and specific actions that will discourage them. So how do you know which ones work? The way that health messages are promoted to males is important. Health promotion is based on aspects of customer services, marketing, service design and understanding how men make decisions.

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  • Men's Mental Health

    Resources For Men and Mental Health
    Helping men to manage their mental health in an effective way requires some specific knowledge of how to engage with men in a non-threatening and positive manner. These programs and resources provide some examples of ways to become more effective in meeting the mental health needs of men and boys within programs and services contexts.

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  • Effective Aged Care For Men

    Effective Aged Care For Older Men
    Australia's aged populations is expected to increase by 3.5% per annum from 2011 to 2022 by which time there will be 6.4 million Australians aged 65 to 84 years by 2056. Male life expectancy is expected to be approximately 93 years old by 2056, so the challenge for services will be how to cater for a larger population of aged men as well as women. There is a growing body of evidence around the needs of older men in various aged care settings and the focus is shifting towards strategies that help older men and women remain independent for as long as possible.

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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.
Read more here


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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. 

Read more

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..."

Read more

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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Social Factors Impacting On Male Health 

The World Health Organisation released its publication pdfThe Solid Facts -469 KB in 2003 and since then the principles of the Social Determinants approach have been widely recognised as important factors in preventative health promotion. These sections outline specific resources that are working to improve determinants of male health in Australia and internationally.

  • Education

    Lifelong Learning, Lifelong Health
    If lifelong learning is the key to good health, then we had best be clear on some of the practices that help boys engage with learning and education. This section provides resources that have been found to be useful in encouraging boys to stay motivated to learn and to encourage teachers and educators to better understand what motivates boys to engage with learning.

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  • Employment & Work

    Health At Work
    Since most men spend about a third of their waking hours at work, finding ways to incorporate health into the workplace is one way of improving male health rates. Conversely, the health impacts of not being able to find work or undertaking dangerous or stressful work are well-documented. This section provides resources that promote healthy workplaces and examine programs that improve male health at work.

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  • Gender Equality

    Gender Equality
    Regardless of whether you are a man or a woman you should have the same access to opportunities, receive equal treatment and not be discriminated against based on gender.

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  • Health & Housing

    Housing For Health
    Shelter is a basic human need and the quality and stability of one's shelter will have a huge impact on health. Men can be at risk from poor access to housing as can women.With rising house prices, rents and utility costs in Australia, the issue of how people are housed is actually affecting health when they have to prioritise between housing and bills, and other essential costs. In this section, we profile resources that inform how men and housing intersect.

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  • Health Equity & Inequality

    Health Equity and Inequality
    Health is inherently unequal, at least in modern society. Improving gender equality means raising the standards of both males and females upwards and to do this a collective and community-driven response is needed. Resources in this section offer examples of programs that are seeking to address gender equality by engaging and involving males.

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  • Social Connections & Relationships

    Social Connections & Relationships
    Men and women need more than just passing acquaintances to be healthy. Part of the reasoning behind the men's sheds movement is to encourage the kinds of social interactions among peers around hobbies, sport, family etc that helps to promote better health. These resources provide evidence and resources for improving the way that systems and services can become structured to facilitate better social connections among men.

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  • Male Carers

    Male Carers
    There is a lack of recognition for male carers. According to the ABS in 2009, there were more male carers (54%) than female carers. Male carers need to be supported in their caring roles as they are often juggling work and other commitments. Being a male carer they can potentially become socially isolated, experience lack of adequate social support and suffer from poor mental health.

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  • Mentoring


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  • Social Determinants of Health

    Social Determinants of Health
    The social determinants of health (SDH) are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.(World Health Organisation)

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  • Social Integration

    Social Integration
    For many men, their primary challenge is to work out how to fit into a new culture and society. As Australia welcomes more immigrants or farewells its own to overseas work and living, understanding how men create social connections, access employment, navigate services and find their way in a new country becomes essential to managing the emotional and mental challenges of migration.

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Men's Health Peer Education

The Men's Health Peer Education (MHPE) program raises awareness about men's health issues and encourages men to share responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.

The program began as a result of the Vietnam Veterans' Health Study revealing a higher rate of health issues among Vietnam Veterans. The program operates across all Australian states and territories, through a network of trained volunteers working with the veteran and ex-service community.

Sharing health information:

Volunteers share health information in a range of ways, including the following:

  • giving a talk on a health issue at an ex-service organisation meeting
  • setting up or working with a 'Men's Shed'
  • running a stand at a community expo, field day or health conference
  • organising or supporting a Veterans’ Health Week and/or International Men's Health Week event
  • distributing the MHPE Magazine and other health resources
  • chatting about health issues to a mate at a barbeque
  • encouraging and supporting veterans to participate in DVA Health Promotion initiatives such as Pit Stop training, the Cooking for one or two program and 10,000 Steps Challenge

Read more here

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The Learning Partnership: Engaging Boys For Success A Focus On Vulnerable Communities

tlp logo This Canadian study conducted in 2014 in Toronto examines the gender gap in education between boys and girls and gives useful suggestions to address and reduce the gender gap issues in communities nationally and internationally with recommendations to schools, boards of education, communities and government. 

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DEEWR: Resources To Engage Boys In Education

Educating Boys Report The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations has produced these guides directed at teachers to enhance engagement of boys in learning. The messages from this resource hold some applicable lessons for anyone trying to engage boys and young men in learning settings.

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Behaviours and Male Health

Health promotion practitioners across the country are working hard to try and change the behaviours of people to reduce the current and future burden on health services. 

This section addresses some of the behavioural approaches being taken to address specific health behaviours and actions in men and boys.

  • Domestic Violence

    Domestic Violence
    Domestic violence as an issue is nearly always conveyed in terms of men's violence against women. But it becomes a men's health issue when it results in separation of couples, or when it is examined in terms of same-sex relationships or in terms of intimate partner violence by women aganst men.

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  • Drinking & Alcoholism

    Drinking & Alcoholism
    A study by the Department of Health and Ageing revealed that the direct cost of alcohol abuse was around $15 billion per annum. Alcohol abuse has many flow-over effects into other areas of health with a particular effect on male suicides, road safety, domestic violence and hospital admissions.

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  • Drug Abuse

    Drug Abuse
    Drug abuse is a male health issue when it intersects with violence, suicide or other issues that are routinely experienced by males. Where resources are available that provide information on this linkage, they provide a useful basis for practitioners to understand the role that drugs and their overuse play in male health issues.

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  • Road Safety

    Road Safety
    Understanding how to engage men in road safety will pay enormous dividends in reducing the heavily-male-biased road toll in Australia. With 1288 lives lost in the year to June 2011 of which 939 were male, there is clearly a heavy bias towards the impact on male life expectancy compared to females.

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  • Sexual Abuse

    Sexual Abuse Resources
    The effects of sexual abuse can last for decades and have serious implications for male health across a number of health aspects. These resources provide useful advice and information for encouraging a journey of healing from past abuses.

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  • Smoking

    Despite long-term and widespread anti-smoking campaigns, there is still a proportion of the population that is unable to cease smoking. The addictive nature of smoking and the social factors that create the craving for cigarettes are hard to overcome. In 2007, 21% of males and 18% of females. Smoking accounted 9700 deaths in men (against 5,100 women).

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  • Social Violence

    Social Violence

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  • Suicide

    A Review Of Male Deaths By Suicide
    Suicide is perhaps the most gendered health issue with a proportion of around four males for every female. The issues and contexts of suicide are complex and it is a product of many factors which makes it a difficult problem to address.

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Men's Advisory Network: Intimate Partner Abuse Of Men

10 Tilbrook Final Report 1In this research, the complex nature of intimate partner violence and abuse against men is explored. It uncovers previously unknown aspects of abuse and provides a compelling overview of the nature of inter-family violence against males. 

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Media Feature: Male Victims of Domestic Violence

flickr kate hiscock1 Domestic violence against men is not often mentioned in the media, or generally talked about, but there are many male victims and they need to be heard, taken seriously and to be believed, and not be ridiculed or told to "man up". The government also needs to fund counselling, services and shelters for male victims of domestic violence, just as they do for women.

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ADFVC: Engaging Men in Men’s Violence Prevention: Exploring the Tensions, Dilemmas and Possibilities


This paper examines the role of men in influencing outcomes of men's violence against women. It offers benefits and drawbacks of involving men in such programs.

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One In Three: Review Of Family Violence Research

1in3 The One In Three campaign provides research and resources that support the prevalence of men as victims of domestic violence. 

"Up to a third of victims of sexual assault and abuse is male (perhaps as many as one in two)..."

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ACON: Another Closet - Domestic Violence In Gay & Lesbian Relationships

ACON SSDV ACON provides resources that raise the profile of domestic violence in same-sex relationships through the Another Closet campaign.

"Considerable work is needed to enable services to become ready and able to handle SSDV..."

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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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Men's Health throughout The Life Course 

The needs of boys and men change throughout the life course and at each stage of life they will be impacted by different health challenges. This section outlines resources directed at males at each life stage.

  • Early Childhood

    Early Childhood Health
    A good start in life is important for the development, health and well-being of boys. Positive childhood experiences will help shape and build health later in life. This section highlights programs and initiatives that address boys' health and well-being needs in early childhood.

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  • Adolescence

    Adolescence and Teenage Health
    Guiding boys through the transition to adulthood can be complex and challenging but there are a number of programs and initiatives from around the world that are addressing the need for positive male role models, mentoring models and other strength-building programs to help grow boys into great men.

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  • Life Course Health

    Health Throughout The Life Course
    More emphasis is being placed on creating information that is relevant to the particular contexts of mens' lives. Approaches that focus on the kinds of checks and potential illnesses likely to affect men at that age will be more meaningful and relevant than broad-brush approaches.

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  • Young Adulthood

    Young Adulthood
    This section is awaiting content. You can help us by submitting your programs and resourceshelp us by submitting your programs and resources about better ways to work in this topic.

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  • Fatherhood

    Healthy Lives As Fathers
    The connections between fathering and health are becoming more evident.Becoming a father provides new motivation for many men to start really thinking about their own health so they can live a full and long life to see their children grow up. For men who become fathers at an early age, they must navigate the normal stages of becoming a man as well as the added responsbility of parenting.

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  • Retirement

    Retirement is often referred to as the third age and for men can present either a new opportunity to pursue favourite activities or a time of uncertainty. With the rise of the men's sheds movement, there is a new awareness of the kinds of health issues faced by older men and but this focus has also highlighted the kinds of health-giving environments that are enabling older men to remain engaged with life and healthy.

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  • Grief & Loss

    What Services Support Men Through Loss?
    Many men find themselves adrift when a loved one dies. They frequently find that there are fewer services that are actively equipped for men's grief and bereavement, and this has spurred the formation of programs geared to supporting men through loss.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Early Childhood Experiences Shape Health and Well-Being Throughout L

robert wood johnson foundation logo 1 Research shows that children’s nutrition varies with parents’ income and education and can have lasting effects on health throughout life. One example, inadequate nutrition, is linked with obesity during childhood, which in turn is a strong predictor of adult obesity and its accompanying risks of chronic disease, disability and shortened life.

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Disadvantaged boys more likely to be medicated: Adelaide

Children and teens from disadvantaged families, particularly boys living with a single parent, are more likely to be prescribed antipsychotic medication, an Adelaide study has shown.

Antipsychotic medications are typically used to treat mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar, and can also be used to treat behavioural issues associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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Top Blokes Foundation

top blokes logo Founded in 2006 by Melissa Abu-Gazaleh, the Top Blokes Foundation challenges and empowers over 1000 young men each year, around the ages of 14 -24 to reach their potential and to make positive life choices through the Top Blokes mentoring, leadership and resilience programs.

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My Brother's Keeper Alliance (MBK)

mbk alliance MBK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of boys and young men of colour (BYMOC) by providing support and connecting young people to mentoring and support groups and to help them acquire skills to go to college or find a good job. 

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Child Trends: What Works For Male Adolescents

ChildTrends This resource from the US examined a large number of programs aimed at improving negative behaviours among male teens and analysed what worked and what did not work. 

"115 programs reviewed to uncover what works for adolescent males..."

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Showcasing The Male Health Community

In this section, we profile programs and resources that have been brought together through policies, in conferences and seminars and in community events. This is also the place for whole-population review resources that analyse the health status of different populations of men and boys.

  • Campaigns

    Men's Health Campaigns
    This page lists men's health campaigns that will focus on and raise the profile on men's health across Australia and internationally.

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  • Conferences

    Conference Specific Proceedings
    These resources are sourced from men's health conferences held around the world.

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  • Groups and Event Organisation Resources

    Resources For Organising Groups & Events
    What can you share with us about better ways to run a men's health program or event? This section aims to draw together learnings and insights from past events to give you an idea of what works well and what doesn't work so well in running services and events.

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  • Men's Sheds Research

    Men's Sheds Research

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  • Policies

    Policy Central
    Australia has done realtively well in formaulating male-specific health policies. Here you'll find them in one place. If you know of others, let us know!

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  • Population Reviews

    Populations Of Males: Reviews and Evidence Bases
    The following organisations have compiled detailed reviews of specific populations of males that are useful in forming an overview backed by data on the status of different populations ands groups of men and boys.

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The Success of Men's Health Week 2020

There were over 150 virtual community events organised during Men's Health week 2020. The Men's Health Week 2020 was launched virtually by media personality, Founder of Gotcha4life, Gus Worland, along with messages from our Director Dr Neil Hall, Brad Hannagan, CEO of Lifeline Macarthur and a few other academics and people working in Men's Health. The video can be found on

The theme for Men's Health Week 2020 is "working Together for Men's Health" with sub themes of "communities together", "cultures together", "genders together", "preventing suicide together" and "staying together apart".

The biggest online summit on Men's Health "Men's Health Connected" organised by Australian Men's Health Forum was attended by 1500+ people and had over 150 speakers from 70 men's health organisations from across the globe. 

Western Sydney University's media team have reported that this year's Men's Health Week reach is over 11 million with 125 media interactions and many social media campaigns by MHIRC team. 

More information and resources can be found on

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MHIRC: Men's Health Week Australia

MHI5449 Men s Health Week Logo New Men's Health Week is an annual campaign aimed to raise public awareness of men and boys health nationally and internationally. It aims to improve the delivery of health and wellbeing services to men and boys, as well as increasing men's awareness of their own health, wellbeing and relationship options.

"Men's Health Week aims to improve health of men and boys by leveraging the goodwill, insights and knowledge of local services and concerned communities at a local level..." 

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The Success of Men's Health Week 2019

This year MHW as run by the Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre has had considerable success. The report shows the growing “pick up” of the encouragement from MHIRC for communities of all kinds across the country to DO something in their area to draw attention both to men’s contributions to the health of their communities and the need for services to reach out to boys and men in “male-friendly” ways. This was one of the themes of this year’s week. The others were “Encouraging good contact between boys and Men”, Encouraging Learning with and from Indigenous men” and “Encouraging Development of successful suicide prevention Programs”.

Once again the Australian Federal Police launched the Week, this year in the persons of Commander Mark Ney and AFP Federal Agent Daniel Mill, who represented the Aboriginal community within the Police Force. We note that learning with and from Aboriginal men have always been a theme of MHIRC and was highlighted this year.

Highlights of the week at MHIRC.

  • Over 260 events registered across the country through

  •  Over 10000 brochures, 4000 posters and 2000 checklists have been distributed.

  •  Australian Federal Police Officers launched the week in Sydney on June 11th 2019 at AFP’s Headquarters.

  •  MHIRC team has managed to reach 2 million people over 49 media interactions facilitated by Western Sydney University media team.

  •  Partnership with Sydney Film Festival to display the Men’s Health Week posters during VIVID Sydney in Pitt Street mall for 15days.

  • Social media campaigns by MHIRC and our partners Andrology Australia, Australian Men’s Shed Association and Australian Men’s Health Forum to promote the Men’s Health week have potentially reached more than 50000 people with various posts on Facebook and Twitter.

  • 500 resource packs with promotional materials from MHIRC have been distributed to event organizers across Australia.

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A full report is attached.
pdfMen's Health Week Report 20193.25 MB

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