International best practice tells us that one of the key ways to improve men's access to healthcare is by developing male-friendly services. This was acknowledged in Australia’s first National Male Health Policy, which called on all health professionals to “make their practices more male-friendly.”Read more
International best practice tells us that one of the key ways to improve men's access to healthcare is by developing male-friendly services. But what is a male-friendly service?
Clearly, there is no one-size-fits-all-approach that will work for all men and boys. There are differences between groups of men, as well as differences within individual men themselves that need to be taken into account.
Australia's men's health sector is a world leader in developing innovative, male-friendly approaches to engaging men in health services. This report honours that tradition and identifies some of the key characteristics that are common to health initiatives that work for men, both in Australia and overseas.
There are many different ways to develop male-friendly services. The 10-step-guide provides anyone who is committed to improving the lives and health of men and boys with a set of tried and tested principles that can be applied universally to a general population of men as well as being tailored to the diverse needs and preferences of different populations across Australia.
Sometimes, the obvious just gets overlooked.Read more
Meet James Smith, a program coordinator for the Moree Aboriginal Fathers’ Program, which supports the needs of Aboriginal fathers and their extended families.Read more
Amid handouts to Australians coping with loss of income owing to the coronavirus, there’s welcome news for those Men’s Sheds across the country who received additional funding through the recently announced National Shed Development Program Round 20 handouts.Read more
Yamba, on the NSW North Coast, is famous around the world for its surf breaks, perfect beaches and a gentle night-time buzz. It is now the latest home of a growing program that provides mental health support for local men and teens while they are out on the waves.Read more
Recognition for Mary O’Brien’s Are You Bogged Mate? program continues to gain traction. Following her recent double gong victories in the Australian Men’s Health Forum’s National Men’s Health Awards for 2020, Mary was featured in the ABC’s highly rated Landline, which focuses on stories in outback Australia.Read more
The UK Men’s Shed’s Association is keeping its members connected with a new weekly radio show called ‘Shed Happens’.Read more
A new at-home medical start-up for men is set to expand across the US after a $30 million boost in funding.Read more
The 2020 National Men’s Health Gathering in May will focus on a wide-range of themes regarded as critical to the future of male health in Australia.Read more