Men’s Health Week shines a light on supportive environments
Australians will come together to support the health and wellbeing of men and boys as part of national Men’s Health Week, coordinated by Western Sydney University’s Centre for Male Health.
Held from 13-19 June, the annual initiative will see thousands of community members host or attend events in support of the theme, ‘Building Healthy Environments for Men and Boys’.
Associate Professor Emma George, Director of the Centre for Male Health, said the week aims to encourage important discussion around men’s health and supportive environments.
“Men's Health Week focuses not just on physical health, but critically men's mental health and emotional wellbeing,” said Associate Professor George.
“This year’s theme will shine a light on the importance of creating physically, mentally and emotionally healthy environments in the home, workplace and social settings.”
Men’s Health Week will be launched by the Centre for Male Health at CommBank Stadium in Parramatta on Tuesday, 14 June.
Dr Neil Hall, also from the Centre for Male Health, said the week will highlight a range of health challenges faced by men across the nation.
“Men's Health Week acknowledges that the best people to improve men's health in Australia are those who live, work and engage with men and boys in communities around the country. Men’s health is not just men’s business – it’s everybody’s business,” said Dr Hall.
“We all need to work together to improve the physical, emotional and mental health of men and boys and building awareness is the first step.”
Western Sydney University’s Centre for Male Health works with community and government organisations across Australia to develop networks and partnerships in support of men’s health.
The Centre, as part of its championing of male health, is advocating for enhanced physical and mental health outcomes for men and boys, improved access to health services, and greater awareness of the unique challenges that impact men’s health and wellbeing.
“By creating environments in which men feel supported and empowered, we can encourage open conversations about mental and physical health and improve outcomes,” added Associate Professor George.
For men’s health information and support resources or to find an event near you, please visit the Men’s Health Week website (opens in a new window).
To host an event during June, please visit the Men’s Health Week website (opens in a new window).
6 June 2022
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