Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre


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.
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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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