Men’s Mental Health in Regional Western Australia Needs Analysis

Our research project, in partnership with the University of Western Australia, to provide us with a profile of men’s health in regional Western Australia is now available on our website.

All Western Australian men are significant and positive contributors to Western Australian life through their diverse family, work and community roles. However, males in non-metropolitan areas have not only been identified as being significantly inferior to that of males living in metropolitan Western Australia and Australia, there is less access to health and wellbeing services.

In fact, despite good intention and considerable investment, there has been little to no overall improvement in the health of regional, rural and remote males. It is suggested that resources have not been directed towards the most effective approaches and there is a need to place greater emphasis on targeted programs and preventative measures.

The purpose of this brief report is to:

  • Provide an evidence based understanding to the health sector on the state of men’s health in rural, regional and remote Western Australia;
  • Build an understanding of the determinants that underpin these outcomes and;
  • To explore the implications of these determinants as they relate to the provision and operation of health services in non-metropolitan Western Australia.

Download the full empirical report: rrr-mens-health_long

Download the summaried report: rrr-mens-health_short

 

Man Up, Stand Up and Sign Up

As many of you would be aware we ran a social media campaign called the Man Up, Stand Up and Sign campaign across a number of social media platforms leading up to the state election. The purpose of this campaign was:

  • To actively promote a robust advocacy campaign for a WA Male Health Policy across WA via direct mail and social media platforms;
  • To generate interest and pro-active response from government which leads to forward action; and
  • To garner support from key stakeholders and members in the sector.

This campaign was successful in achieving its goal of gaining commitment from the WA government for a WA Male Health Policy.

The campaign was primarily run via Facebook and Twitter. With the target group being males, we were able to reach over 7,000 people with our video posts alone – with over 1,000 males viewing in each of the following age brackets:

  • 55-64 Male (1,306 views total)
  • 65+ Male (1,226 views total)
  • 45-54 Male (1,092 views total)

You can view all the videos on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Mens-Health-and-Wellbeing-WA-1527031534284271/