National Male Health Policy

The National Male Health Policy has been developed through extensive consultations with health services, health professionals, and men themselves in 26 public forums attended by 1,300 people. It encourages men of all ages to take action to improve their own health and recognises that this requires information, assistance and support,across 6 priority areas.

The Policy provides a framework for improving the health of all males and achieving equal health outcomes for population groups of males at risk of poor health. It provides practical suggestions for action designed to guide directions into the new decade especially in areas where we know we can make a difference in improving the health of Australian males, and those with the poorest health. The National Male Health Policy - Building on the Strengths of Australian Males, has nine supporting documents providing in-depth analysis of some of the issues raised in the Policy. It also has some practical suggestions for males about what they can do to improve their own health, and some guiding principles that can be used when developing programs and policies affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males.

Priority areas are :

* Optimal health outcomes for males. Deliver initiatives and services that take into account the needs of Australian men and promote optimal health outcomes for all Australian men.

* Health equity between population groups of males. Recognising that some groups of men have worse health outcomes than others, such as those living in rural and remote communities and that different initiatives and services may be needed.

* Improved health for males at different life stages. Deliver initiatives and services that consider the health needs of Australian men in different age groups and at key transition points from youth to old age.

* A focus on preventive health for males. Deliver preventative-health initiatives that take into account the needs of Australian men.

* Building a strong evidence base on male health. Build the evidence base in Australian male health and use it to inform the development of policies, programs and initiatives.

* Improved access to health care for males. Tailor health care services and initiatives to facilitate access by men, particularly for population groups of men at risk of poor health.

Press release

No comments: