Social Determinants and Key Actions Supporting Male Health

The National Male Health Policy has a focus on males with poorer health outcomes.

Page last updated: 26 May 2010

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.

What’s in this document?1

This document first looks at various issues to do with social determinants of male health:
  • The importance of social determinants
  • Income
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Injustice experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Relationships, including fathering
  • Social networks, and
  • Violence.
It then looks at action that is being taken:
  • Government action – policies and initiatives, and
  • Community action – working together.

1 Most 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.