Australian men are more likely than Australian women to get sick from serious health problems. Compared to women, men visit the doctor less frequently, have shorter visits and only attend when their illness is in its later stages.
From ancient times the emotional and spiritual transition from boy to man, reconciling the tension between humanity and duty, has been viewed as integral to a healthy soul and a healthy society. Today too many boys and men have missed this education, resulting in a community filled with angry kids, emotionally absent husbands and fathers, and men living desperately unhappy lives. If you need proof, look at the latest statistics on suicide, depression, crime, alcohol, drugs, and sexual and domestic violence towards women and kids. We need to start talking now…
In most parts of the world, health out¬comes among boys and men continue to be substantially worse than among girls and women, yet this gender-based disparity in health has received little national, regional or global acknowl¬edgement or attention from health policy-makers or health-care provid¬ers. Including both women and men in efforts to reduce gender inequalities in health as part of the post-2015 sustain¬able development agenda would im¬prove everyone’s health and well-being.
The current State Government has invested significant time and money in mental health. 2010, WA became the first state to establish a Mental Health Commission, with a separate budget and the appointment of a commissioner and WA’s first Minister for Health to implement reform. Some states followed quickly and some are following now. Still, many people don’t know where to turn for help.