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.

Page last updated: 17 May 2010

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.

What’s in this document?1

This document first looks at various issues to do with healthy limits for males:
  • Risk-taking behaviour
  • Optimal health outcomes for males, and
  • Equity between groups of males.
It then looks at action that is being taken:
  • Government action – policies and initiatives
  • Community action – working together, and
  • Personal action – what males themselves can do.

1Most of the discussion refers to ‘males’, but on occasions the term ‘men’ is used to remain consistent with wording used in research papers. Wherever possible, male data is used but, when not available, data has been used for both males and females for particular population groups or issues where inferences for male health can reasonably be drawn.