MEDIA RELEASE – MEN’S HEALTH WEEK

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MEDIA RELEASE – MEN’S HEALTH WEEK

This week is Men’s Health Week, an annual event held each June. The theme for this year is Men and Families: Making Healthy Connections. The week will focus on activities that will celebrate the strength of men and boys, as well as inspire discussion about how they can better contribute to their health, and the health of their families and local communities.

Events across the country will outline the support services available to men of all ages and information about the health issues they’ll face at the different stages of their life.

Men need to do more to educate themselves about their own wellbeing. The facts are clear:

– A boy born in Australia in 2010 has a life expectancy of 78.0 years while a baby girl born at the same time could expect to live to 82.3 years old.

– Men are ten per cent less likely to have visited a GP in the last three months

– Men are nearly three times less likely to have discussed safe sexual practices with a GP in the last twelve months

– Three out of every four suicides are men.

– One in eight men will experience depression and one in five men will experience anxiety at some stage of their lives.

Men’s health can be improved by making the right lifestyle choices and through regular health checks.

It is important to have an honest conversation about men’s health issues. Men’s Health Week provides an opportunity to not only look at current men’s health issues, but to discuss their future health needs.

More information about Men’s Health Week can be found at http://www.menshealthweek.org.au.

MONDAY, 11 JUNE 2018