The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has launched a male-friendly health prevention service that’s taking off in South Australia.
Best known for its emergency retrievals, RFDS is also involved in primary and preventative health and its medical teams have begun targeting outback events like rodeos to promote men’s health.Read more
The resources we invest in suicide prevention need to take account of the differences between men and women, according to Australia’s peak body for men’s health, the Australian Men’s Health Forum (AMHF).
The call for “gender inclusive” suicide prevention strategies comes as Government figures revealed that the number of men and women taking their own lives in Australia rose by nearly 10% in 2017.Read more
Australia is lagging behind the rest of the world when it comes to supporting men to be involved fathers, according to new report for the Parents At Work campaign.
Our experiences of fatherhood are one of the key social factors that shape men’s health (see our Framework For A Healthier Future) and “The System” plays a significant role in shaping men’s experiences of being a dad.Read more
The gender gap that boys experience in reading and writing is more than twice the size of the gap experienced by girls in mathematics, according to new research from Griffith University.
The findings suggest we need to improve the way schools educate boys and do more to encourage a love of reading, writing and verbal expression in boys, according to the lead researcher.Read more
Conversations about improving men’s health often focus on how to get men to talk and how to encourage men to get help. A new report from the UK turns this conversation on its head by offering best practice advice to nurses on ways to talk with men about health issues, as well as providing guidance to nurses on how to deliver effective health services to men.Read more
It's Men's Sheds week this week (Monday 24 September to Sunday 30 September). Now in its second year, the week is an opportunity to showcase the value of Men's Sheds to the world.Read more
International Men’s Day (IMD) is celebrated on 19th November every year and is marked in around 80 countries worldwide.
To help more people get involved and mark the day, the Australian Men’s Health Forum (AMHF) has launched a new International Men’s Day website under the theme “Talking About Men”.Read more
Australia is one of the World’s healthiest societies, yet our men and boys die younger; experience more disease and have less access to support services than women and girls. So why do men of all backgrounds have less chance of living healthy lives?Read more
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has published a policy paper on gender equality in education that warns “don’t forget the boys”.
Boys’ Education is a key men’s health issues as lower levels of education are linked to poorer health. Put another way, improving boys’ education, improves men’s health.
According to UNESCO, boys are at greater risk of failing to progress and complete their secondary education in many countires. Moreover, boys perform increasingly less well in assessments of reading skills worldwide, a fact that continues to puzzle policy-makers.
As the UN’s sustainable development goals have committed the world to achieving universal completion of secondary education by 2030, it is important to take note of boys’ continuing disadvantage in several countries at this level, says the report.
UNESCO also claims that actively addressing boys’ disadvantage in education could be transformative in promoting gender equality, reducing violence and protecting youth from risk factors that could distort their futures.
The agency’s paper describes the extent of the problem, examines where and why it occurs and explores possible solutions. It concludes that entrenched gender norms negatively affect the education outcomes not only of girls, but also of boys.
Gender expectations pull poor boys out of school and into unskilled jobs that do not require secondary school completion, say the report’s authors.