Men's Health Week

06 Jun, 2018

In Men's Health Week 2018 Australian communities and organisations are invited to promote the health of men and boys and make a positive difference in their lives.

Improving men's health outcomes is a two-way process involving men, women and families, and health services combined. It is important that men make use of health services to preventatively manage their health and find out before it's too late if problems exist. But equally, health services need to know how to reach out to, communicate with and engage with men to be effective in helping them when they do come through the door.

Our 4dads program is a free service that offers information, education, referrals and support for fathers of children up to 18 years in the Mandurah and Pinjarra areas. They are running a special Men's Health Week event, presenting inspirational manhood expert, Jeremy Ingham of Men’s Work Project, to host an interactive talk around this year’s theme ‘Making Healthy Connections’. 

Event details

When: Wednesday 13 June 2018

Time: 6.30 - 8.00pm

Where: 21 George St, Mandurah

Cost: Free, refreshments provided. Please call or email to register.

Here are some ideas to how both parties can create an environment that enables each to improve men's health outcomes:

Men, Women And Families

  • Be active in getting medical help if you don't feel well, have a problem that won't go away or notice unusual symptoms.
  • It's OK to seek help - don't try to do everything on your own or bury problems. Talk to your wife, friends and workmates.
  • Push hard to get the help you need to manage your life, work, family and financial needs.
  • Ladies, be proactive in helping your men and boys get the help they and you need. Use available hotlines, speak with professionals to get the best course of action and be persistent.
  • Don't leave it too late to seek help. Fear is not a killer.

Medical Practitioners And Health Services

  • Consider how you market to men - find out about men-friendly practices and tailor your services to include men's needs.
  • Get to know your patients and look out for broader signs of problems that men may not voluntarily disclose.
  • Reach out to men through community events and organisations - not only will it help your service to gain goodwill and clientele but it will reinforce the need for men to consider your services.
  • Work with other health services and professionals to coordinate men's health initiatives. We know you are busy and time-poor and they may be able to provide assistance.
  • Help men, women and children understand the kinds of problems and symptoms you are seeing in patients that they should be mindful of.
  • This is just a start. But it's about creating a healthy environment that supports men and services to achieve good health. Treatment of problems is much more difficult.
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