Could Governments do better for men and boys? The facts are compelling. Our sons are less educated than our daughters. Our brothers die younger than our sisters. Our fathers are more likely to die at work than our mothers. Our male friends are more likely to die by suicide than our female friend.
But what actions can our politicians take to tackle this issues?
The Australian Men's Health Forum has launched a new campaign outlining 10 key areas where Governments at all levels can take action to improve the lives and health of men and boys in Australia.
The #Better4Men campaign highlights how taking action to improve male health and wellbeing isn't just better for men and boys, it's better for everyone. You can learn out more about the campaign and find out how you can get involved at: www.better4men.com.
10 Ways Politicians Can Do A Better Job For Men And Boys
ACTION 1: CREATING A HEALTHIER FUTURE
Men die six years younger than women. We call on all political parties to commit to annual funding of the Men’s Health Strategy (2020-2030). Find out more about Creating a Healthier Future for Men and Boys.
ACTION 2: IMPROVING BOYS’ EDUCATION
Boys are 60% more likely to leave school before the end of Year 12. We call on all political parties to develop national policies to improve boys’ educational outcomes and increase the proportion of male teachers in Australian schools. Find out more about Improving Boys' Education.
ACTION 3: SUPPORTING INVOLVED FATHERHOOD
Only 5% of primary parental leave is taken by fathers. We call on all political parties to take action to remove the barriers that prevent dads from being more actively involved in their children’s lives. Find out more about Supporting Fatherhood.
ACTION 4: PREVENTING MALE SUICIDE
Suicide kills an average of six men and two women every day. We call on all political parties to commit to developing a national action plan to prevent male suicide. Find out more about Preventing Male Suicide.
ACTION 5: MAKING WORK HEALTHIER
Men account for 92% of workplace deaths and 72% of work-related disease. We call on all political parties to commit to a target for reducing workplace deaths to zero. Find out more about Making Work Healthier.
ACTION 6: KEEPING MEN AND BOYS SAFE
Men and boys experience 72% of the health burden from injuries. We call on all political parties to commit to a national action plan to reduce harmful alcohol consumption by men and boys. Find out more about Keeping Men and Boys Safe.
ACTION 7: STRENGTHENING MEN’S ECONOMIC SECURITY
Around two million men are experiencing some form of economic insecurity. We call on all political parties to commit to developing strategies to improve men’s economic security. Find out more about Strengthening Men's Economic Security.
ACTION 8: BUILDING MEN’S SOCIAL CONNECTIONS
One in four men in Australia are socially isolated. We call on all political parties to raise awareness of the health risks associated with lack of social connection, particularly among men. Find out more about Building Men's Social Connections.
ACTION 9: DEVELOPING A MORE EQUITABLE SYSTEM
The majority of Government initiatives to improve gender equity focus on women and girls. We call on all political parties develop Men’s Policies to guide the work of federal, state and territory governments at federal. Find out more about a Developing A More Equitable System.
ACTION 10: PROMOTING INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY
Males and females are different and diverse. We call on all political parties to commit to taking action to improve the lives and health of men and boys in all their diversity. Find out more about Promoting Inclusion and Diversity.
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