Survey On Government Strategy

Q1. How can we empower men and boys?

In its Draft Men's Health Strategy, the Government says it wants to improve men’s health by empowering men and boys. What action do you think we can we take to empower men and boys to live healthier lives? For more information see:

    answered 2018-10-15 10:59:47 +1000
    Q: Q9. Including men and boys in gender equity work
    A: Every gender should be considered for everything, should workplaces consider those who aren’t good for a job? No. Should there be 50% genders in workplaces by default, No, could the govern emend try it in their own workplaces, no , should they trail it as a gender utopia experiment , sure.. i think it is about business trying to make money not gender, if you have small hands you going to make a better Suzuki mechanic aren’t you.
    Gender equality should be considered, men’s stereotyped workplaces should have more women, why don’t they? In one of my jobs I worked in an abbitoir cutting guts to empty shit into a truck, and quite frankly I didn’t see many women licking their lips to have a go (mind you its not a job you lick your lips with until you wash your face first) i think Government need to look at gender and equality and make the playing field fairer, i still think if you went for a child care job at a preschool and got knocked back, when down to the transgender office changed genders and went for the job again it wouldn’t matter, there is going to be people making decisions based on ethics and considerations outside of what descrimination could be, its either for safety orwhos best and this should stay the same or be overhauled with everything, because if men are more likely to have crime that affects prospects of work, then its society trying to then consider those less likely to aid the negative statistics isn’t it, its logic not equality or equality would be a word forgotten in a circumstance of safety.
    answered 2018-10-15 10:44:09 +1000
    Q: Q8. Hearing men’s voices
    A: I think this is probably the most important thing, a bit like the trauma of the stolen generation culture might of had the best interactions but history and current culture are determining what is trauma as history gets played, I think current claims for equality have changed the historic thinking of value of gender but still haven’t weighed up how to fix the statistics on where gender is hurting, rather than what is availiable to harvest within each gender, both sides have to give something up, and I think males are paying the price within the statistics to the likes of suicide, and nothing is changing to make Mens rights within marriage breakdown fair, its almost as if there should be a marraige insurance which makes the contribution within marriage and net incomes the factor rather than what was already in the chute before a marraige began. No one wins in a breakdown, even culture suffers for the future when the court has got the kids university fund to shoot the other partners kneecaps out (figuratively)
    answered 2018-10-15 10:36:54 +1000
    Q: Q7. Supporting men in distress
    A: Most of all I see day to day is marriage breakdown, and financial breakdown. As in friends in my own circle have either ended it all for those reasons, or are in current distress because of it .
    For marraige breakdown, it would be handy for the assets to have a hold on for a period, having a framework to the costs of living and then the adjustment period to a financial event. or having like when you die a public trustee sell everything , share the proceeds 50/50 and do the same with access to the children , and then base the maintainance on the right to not look after the kids rather than who has them when it all goes pear shaped. I mean seriously if both people are unemployed and at home at the time of marraige breakup why would the wife be considered the primary carer by default, if the father is considered the primary candidate for work, isn’t this gender descrimination? Just saying what’s the difference?
    answered 2018-10-15 10:27:10 +1000
    Q: Q6. Supporting fathers and fatherhood
    A: And this is a great stage, and generally all is good till its not, its almost as if the culture has changed to point to men as all deviants, a cultural change to on one side identify a need for men as role models, but then paint men as inept, and stupid, and reasoning to have feminism as a positive reason and chavenisim as a negative, where both opening a door could be seen as chivalry or an insult and that this is quationed is a real cultural dilemma. Father hood and all it’s beauty are all good until marriage problems occur and this appears to be a cultural change, of which i think men have seen there are no ways to fix this, its a bit like crying equality until the tanks roll out and then men are used to fight because “we are stronger phisicallly” like really, no one would say that we are more emotionally disconnected to deal with trauma less likely statistically likely to have anxiety disorders medicated. But yeh all of these stages are important to the journey to nurturing who we have created with someone else
    answered 2018-10-15 10:10:02 +1000
    Q: Q5. Building men’s social connections
    A: This is a difficult one.. because all networks have competitiveness, and this is health to a point, having these networks are useful, but anything further then peoples outlying issues men don’t seem to respond well in part own problems vs others, and the others part tends to drop off when others problems don’t improve, making the networks useful for sounding but to a point, and this is when it would be useful to have a work based but not within industrial workplaces service to better allow those who sound others issues to call, even to call the service something like a-mate, so you can call a-mate when things get too much
    answered 2018-10-15 09:55:17 +1000
    Q: Q4. Helping men and boys make healthy transitions
    A: For myself, in the last forty years , all I have needed doing are stitches and antibiotics, ten times last twenty years maybe, however now in the forties, the creaking becomes a lot more pronounced, and maybe the anniversaries of every ten years of life might need checkups.
    Healthy stages could be becoming a dad, stress management in there somewhere (stopping excessive drinking patterns) probably best served by having methoods of focusing better on men’s mindfullness or something catered for men in the way of something similar but different, ie mindfullness on a mindsite might not take off, mindfullness in a truck on a 20min fatigue break, might be served better with a rest. I suppose more science to what men do what stops us and what stages need what would be most useful.
    answered 2018-10-15 09:47:37 +1000
    Q: Q3. Breaking down the barriers to good health
    A: For me, it isn’t the medical health system, it is everything else, mainly time and what the benefit is to the time spent, for example I went in looking for some melatonin to help aid sleep patterns, and have been twice more, one for a blood test, another for a referral to a sleep clinic, all I wanted was some better sleep (dropping off) maybe it is more the patience men don’t have to medical practice, when looking at a problem we want something fixed then promptly back making money again. Again a service that gets men to rock up, check the oil and water and see if the tensioner bearing needs some preventive maintainance
    answered 2018-10-15 09:41:27 +1000
    Q: Q2. Making health services work for men and boys
    A: It would be handy to have a one off service once or twice a year to gather a range of the most risk to male problems through a quick one off analysis service to determine how men are travelling health wise , giveing the dr a snapshot as well as the individual possibly catching some men’s health problems quicker, and changing the culture of men and medicine
    answered 2018-10-15 09:37:58 +1000
    Q: Q1. How can we empower men and boys?
    A: Mainly when marriages fall apart, or financial hardship takes hold to be aware that striking the funds of a male through either marraige breakdown or ongoing financial difficulties doesn’t save the lives of men, a financial hardship consideration would be nice
    published Men's Health Survey in Connect 2018-10-12 17:06:00 +1000