Our research is built on improving the health and wellbeing of men and boys, by capturing critical areas of research around health behaviours. Our research is impactful, so that it builds evidence that influences change.
Advocacy and Policy
We are committed to raising awareness and advocating for better health outcomes for men and boys through initiatives such as Men's Health Week . Our advocacy work convinces policy makers, government and funders to further support the improvement of health in men and boys.
Engagement: Connecting with Communities
We work closely with peak governing bodies, local organisations and community groups to promote activities happening in the community. We focus on meaningful engagement with mutual benefit to improve health outcomes for men and boys. We are building a core network of community organisations at the Centre for Male Health to ensure a proactive and community-led approach to physical, mental and emotional health.
Australian men have a lower life expectancy, are more likely to be overweight and experience higher rates of a range of chronic diseases in comparison to women.[1,2] Despite the contributions that unhealthy lifestyle behaviours make to the burden of disease, approximately 50% of men are insufficiently physically active, 96% do not consume the recommended serves of vegetables, and 59% do not consume enough fruit. About 13% of men aged 18 years and over smoke daily, and 26% consume alcohol at levels that exceed the lifetime risk guidelines. In 2020, the leading causes of death for Australian men were coronary heart disease, dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease) and lung cancer.[1,3]
Death by suicide is more than three times as common in Australian men in comparison to women, with 27.1 men per 100,000 taking their own lives in the 40-44 and 50-54 age brackets.[1,2] Traditional masculine norms (e.g., stoicism, self-reliance, toughness) have stigmatized help-seeking behaviours,[4,5] and further evidence suggests that service providers’ perceptions of masculinity may also hinder men’s willingness to engage with mental health support services. Likewise, men’s engagement with the healthcare system is often suboptimal and characterised by delayed access and shorter consultations.