In May 2013, MAN brought together key sector leaders to collectively investigate issues of male health and wellbeing. Forum findings reveal that in order to achieve changes in male health and wellbeing outcomes, there needs to be an increase in the number of males accessing support and assistance, as well as increased innovation and leadership from both the state government and the wider community.
The development of the Victorian Men’s health and wellbeing strategy 2010 –2014 (the strategy) provides for the first time an overarching framework to focus attention and direct action on key issues affecting the health of Victorian men. The strategy is a foundation document that will support efforts by health services, community groups and government to better respond to the health needs of men.
This report describes the findings from the 2014 Health and Wellbeing Surveillance System and provides the health sector and the general public with important information about a number of aspects of health and wellbeing of the Western Australian adult population.
Australian males generally enjoy better health and a longer life expectancy than males in most other countries in the world. Yet, on average, Australian males have a shorter life expectancy than Australian females, and some population groups of males, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males, have significantly shorter life expectancies than others.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports that 26.5% of adolescents (one in four young people in this age group) will experience a mental health problem. In spite of this, rates of help-seeking among young Australians, and particularly among young men, remain low. Tragically, suicide continues to be the leading cause of death for young men in Australia, accounting for 22% of all deaths; with male youth.
The Australian Government welcomes the report of the Senate Select Committee on Men’s Health and the opportunity to respond to its recommendations. The Australian Government is committed to improving the health of Australian males and has achieved significant milestones in the area of male health in the context of a broad health reform agenda to improve health outcomes for all Australians.
Suicide and intentional self-harm are significant public health problems in Australia. Since the mid-1980s, over 2,000 Australians have died by suicide each year, with counts peaking at over 2,600 in 1997 and 1998. Since the turn of the century, more than 20,000 Australians have been admitted to hospital each year as a result of intentionally self-inflicted injuries. This report provides a statistical picture of suicide and intentional self-harm in Australia based on administrative data sources.
There is increasing awareness that males and females have distinct health needs and concerns related to their biology and roles in society. This is illustrated by different rates of injury, illness and mortality; different attitudes towards health and risks; and the way each group uses, or does not use, health services. In this context, in May 2010 the Australian Government launched the National Male Health Policy, which provides a framework for improving the health
The years from birth to young adulthood (ages 0–24) encompass a breadth of life stages in which males undergo major developmental changes and acquire important social and health behaviours. In 2011, 3.7 million males (more than one-third of the Australian male population) were aged 0–24. Consequently, the health status of this population group is important both for the individuals concerned, and for the health and productivity of the future adult population. This report is the third in a series funded under the National Male Health Policy (DoHA 2010). It builds the evidence base for the health of young males in Australia, focusing on those health conditions and risk factors that are age-specific (such as congenital anomalies) and those where large sex differences are observed (such as injury).
This report is the fourth in a series that builds the evidence base on the health of Australia’s males. This report has a focus on males aged 25 and over, who comprise two-thirds of the Australian male population and encompasses diverse life stages that see males establish themselves in the workforce, change career paths, form long-term relationships, have children and retire. The report focuses on topics that are age-specific (such as healthy ageing), are of particular relevance to this age group (such as suicide), and those where large sex differences are observed (such as workplace injury).
This report is the second in a series on the health of Australia’s males. It examines the distinct health profiles of five population groups, characterised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, remoteness, socioeconomic disadvantage, region of birth, and age.
This Mental health services—in brief 2014 report has been produced as a companion publication to the Mental health services in Australia website. The report provides an annual overview of key statistics and related information on mental health services, while incorporating updates made to the website over the 12 months to November 2014.
Community violence has a direct impact on the wellbeing and safety of individuals and communities. The World Health Assembly has declared that violence in general is a leading worldwide public health issue. From a public health perspective, between 2000-2008 in Western Australia, interpersonal violence (which includes community violence and family violence) ranked sixth as a cause of injury death, fourth as a cause of hospitalisation, seventh as a cause of premature death and sixth as a cause of injury burden in Western Australia. During this period, there were 58,794 hospital bed days due to interpersonal violence, with an estimated hospitalisation cost over $97.1 million (Department of Health WA 2011). Community violence also has an impact on our health, education, justice, social and welfare systems.
This report provides a comprehensive overview of the epidemiology of injury in Western Australia (WA) from 2000 to 2008. Its purpose is to describe the magnitude of the injury problem; trends; characteristics of the population at risk, including socioeconomic and environmental factors; and the impact of injury on health service use. It continues and expands upon the previous “Epidemiology of Injury in Western Australia 1989 to 2000” and the national reports produced by the National Injury Surveillance Unit (Gillam, et al., 2003; Bradley and Harrison, 2008); and will inform government and non-government programs, policies and services to address this major public health problem.
The ‘home and away’ cycle may bring out a range of emotions and can affect each family differently. families can work together to overcome these challenges and deal with the range of emotions that may arise.
This report highlights ongoing concern in the community about the impact of FIFO on workers’ mental health. The inquiry received over 130 formal submissions and many more informal contacts and phone calls from individuals wishing to contribute. This high level of engagement with the inquiry and levels of public concern are in part a reflection of the widespread impact of FIFO work arrangements. There are
approximately 60,000 FIFO workers in Western Australia, meaning that up to 60,000 families are impacted by FIFO.