Men’s Health Week

| June 11, 2013

It is Men’s Health Week from 10 to 16 June 2013. The aim is to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This is an initiative by the Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre at the University of Western Sydney.

A baby boy born in Australia in 2013 can expect to live about four years less than a baby girl born at the same time. Right from the start, boys suffer more illness, more accidents and die earlier than their female counterparts. Men’s Health Week is about uncovering the real causes of poorer male health in Australia and working together to find solutions.

The organisers of Men’s Health Week believe that there are six major factors that can improve the health of men and boys. These are better education; social connection; positive role models; employment; male-friendly services and mutual respect.

Local services, groups and individuals are running events this week to engage with men and boys in healthy living. The local communities decide what the health priorities are and register their event. The organisers of Men’s Health Week help to showcase these efforts and provide tips and ideas from health experts.