The health of men in Australia is pretty good isn’t it? Why do we need a week about it? Good question!

Because the health status of males in most countries, including Australia, is generally poorer than that of females.

More males die at every stages through the life course, more males have accidents, more males take their own lives and more males suffer from lifestyle-related health conditions than females at the same age.

Meanwhile, men are less frequent visitors to general practitioners, and the perception is that they don’t care about health or that health services are not well-prepared to interact with men effectively. But that’s not what Men’s Health Week is about!

In Australia, Men’s Health Week provides a platform for challenging and debating key issues in men’s health and to raise the profile of men, their health outcomes and health needs around the country each June.

There are some things you can do today to improve your health:

👨‍⚕️ See your GP for a check up – blood pressure, height and weight, blood tests and your skin are areas to ask about

🍺 Reduce your alcohol intake and aim for 2 alcohol free days per week

🏃‍♂️ Get 30mins of exercise 5 days a week

😴 Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep a night

🥦 Eat 5 serves of veg and 2 serves of fruit per day

🗣 Chat to a mate, it may improve your mental health

For more information visit https://www.menshealthweek.org.au