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Page last updated: 22 August 2011

National Male Health Policy

In May 2010 the Australian Government released the National Male Health Policy, the first for Australia.To accompany the release of the National Male Health Policy, a funding commitment of $16.7 million was made to improve male health through a number of initiatives:
  • $6 million over three years to promote the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fathers and partners, grandfathers and uncles, and encourage them to participate in their children’s and families’ lives, especially in the antenatal period and early childhood years.
  • $6.9 million over four years for Australia’s first national longitudinal study on male health.
  • $3 million over four years to support Men’s Sheds in Australia.
  • $400,000 over four years for regular statistical bulletins on male health.
  • $350,000 over four years for the development of a range of health promotion materials for males.
The National Male Health 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 proven to make a difference in improving the health of Australian males, and those with the poorest health.

It begins with a discussion of male health issues and the public consultations conducted in its development. The consultations and an extensive review of the literature, led to the following underpinning assumptions:
  • The health of Australian males is important.
  • There are health inequities between males and females.
  • Not all male population groups have the same health outcomes.
  • Health is holistic.
Six priority areas are then laid out for action. These are to promote:

Priority 1 Optimal health outcomes for males

Priority 2 Health equity between population groups of males

Priority 3 Improved health for males at difference life stages

Priority 4 A focus on preventive health for males, particularly regarding chronic disease and injury

Priority 5 Building a strong evidence base on male health and using it to inform policies, programs and initiatives

Priority 6 Improved access to health care for males through initiatives and tailored healthcare services, particularly for male population groups at risk of poor health
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It concludes with a reference to the nine supporting documents below that give more in-depth analysis of male health issues raised in the National Male Health Policy.

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Supporting documents:

National Male Health Policy Supporting Document: Social Determinants and Key Actions Supporting Male Health

The National Male Health Policy has a focus on males with poorer health outcomes. This document discusses the social determinants of health because these contribute to poor health in some groups of Australian males. It does this by considering issues such as income, education, employment, social injustice experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males, relationships and violence.

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National Male Health Policy Supporting Document: Healthy Minds

The National Male Health Policy has a focus on raising awareness about preventable health problems that affect males and targeting males with the poorest health outcomes. This document addresses some of the evidence from the literature about male mental health, including specific mental health issues and male help-seeking behaviour.

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National Male Health Policy Supporting Document: Healthy Routines

The National Male Health Policy has a focus on raising awareness about preventable health problems that affect males and targeting males with the poorest health outcomes. This document discusses some of the evidence relating to preventable health issues for males. It does this by considering risk factors for ill health and behaviour and lifestyle modifications that can improve male health.

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National Male Health Policy Supporting Document: Healthy Reproductive Behaviours

The National Male Health Policy has a focus on raising awareness about preventable health problems that affect males and targeting males with the poorest health outcomes. This document discusses some of the specific reproductive health issues affecting males. It does this by considering evidence from the literature about male reproductive health issues.

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National Male Health Policy Supporting Document: Healthy Limits

The National Male Health Policy has a focus on raising awareness about preventable health problems that affect males and targeting males with the poorest health outcomes. This document discusses some of the risky behaviour that males engage in and the impacts they have on male health. It does this by considering the evidence around male risky behaviour and risk-taking behaviour differences between groups of males.
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National Male Health Policy Supporting Document: Healthy Workers

The National Male Health Policy has a focus on raising awareness about preventable health problems that affect males and targeting males with the poorest health outcomes. This document addresses some of the issues for males regarding work and their health. It does this by considering the health needs of males and the role of workplaces in promoting good health.

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National Male Health Policy Supporting Document: Access to Health Services

The National Male Health Policy has a focus on addressing issues males face in accessing health care, reticence among males to seek treatment, and reducing barriers males experience to accessing health services. This document discusses some of the evidence from the literature about male access to health services. It also considers some of the barriers males experience accessing health services.

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National Male Health Policy Supporting Document: Action Males Can Take Now

Maintaining your own health is important, but it is not always easy to know how to do this or where to go if something goes wrong. This supporting document has information on a range of male health services and useful websites.

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National Male Health Policy Supporting Document: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Framework Revised Guiding Principles

These revised principles are provided by and represent the views of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Leadership Group, a non-government body. The Australian Government is presenting these principles in a supporting document to inform governments, service providers and other bodies and the public on principles to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male health. The Australian Government used these principles to help inform the consultation and development of the National Male Health Policy.

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Male Health brochure

This handy brochure provides information on a range of male health services, useful website links and contact details.
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These publications are available free from National Mailing and Marketing (NMM). The National Male Health Policy can be ordered as a stand-alone booklet, or in kit form with all supporting documents. To order, please contact NMM at:

Phone: (02) 6269 1000
Email: National Mailing and Marketing


Men’s Health Policy Information Paper Executive Summary

Australian males have specific health needs that differ between population groups, and that are affected by social factors. The Men’s Health Policy Information Paper has been developed to raise awareness and promote focused discussion about men’s health.

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