Call for action as Men's Health Week begins
"WE MUST do better.”
That's the message from Jonathan Bedloe, president of the Australian Men's Health Forum, which released a new health report card to coincide with the start of Men's Health Week today.
The Queensland Men's Health Report Card 2019 reveals the need for a change when it comes to men's health care, and attitudes toward health.
Mr Bedloe is calling for the Queensland Government to invest more money and resources to help improve the lives and health of men and boys.
"This report card on the state of men and boys' health in Queensland tells us we must do better,” he said.
Statistics in the report show men in Queensland aged 45-54 are five times more likely to die from heart disease than women of the same age.
Men are also more likely to die from cancer, and men make up three out of four suicides in Queensland.
"Our sons are less educated than our daughters. Our brothers die younger than our sisters. Our fathers are more likely to die at work than our mothers. Our male friends are more likely to die by suicide than our female friends,” Mr Bedloe said.
As well as investing more money and time into health services, Mr Bedloe said there were also cultural factors that needed to be addressed.
"It also means looking at the wider social factors that shape men's health, which include boys' education, our experiences of fatherhood, our working lives, our financial wellbeing and our social connections,” he said.
The AMHF report also showed that Queensland was placed sixth out of all states for men's health, only ahead of Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
AMHF CEO Glen Poole said things needed to change.
"The National Men's Health Strategy calls on governments at all levels to address the unique needs of men and boys through their policies, programs and services,” Mr Poole said.
"The statistics uncovered in our report on the current state of male health in Queensland demonstrate that there is much work still to do.
"It's time for the Queensland Government to take better care of men and boys' health by developing a state-wide men's health policy.”