Men's health

Men, we’re told, are their own worst enemies when it comes to health.

Men's health

Men, we’re told, are their own worst enemies when it comes to health. Their significantly higher incidence than women of potentially fatal conditions like heart disease, diabetes and depression, is widely attributed to an apparent reluctance to seek help.

Researchers at the University of Adelaide’s Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health (FFCMH), however, argue otherwise. Their studies indicate:

  • many primary health care providers are poorly equipped to effectively engage with men
  • if engagement improved, men’s concerns about certain non-life-threatening conditions, such as lower urinary tract symptoms, erectile dysfunction and low testosterone, could motivate them to have more frequent health checks
  • and these checks could be leveraged to encourage better management of lifestyle factors—including obesity, smoking, physical activity and alcohol consumption—that often do lead to potentially fatal conditions.

In this informative presentation, senior FFCMH team members will mark their centre’s 10th anniversary by presenting a compelling, evidence-based case for male-specific health care initiatives.

The Presenters

Professor Gary Wittert is the University of Adelaide Mortlock Professor of Medicine, and heads the University’s Discipline of Medicine. He is also a senior consultant endocrinologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, directs the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health, and is Independent Chair of the Weight Management Council of Australia.

Professor Robert Adams is a senior respiratory physician at the Queen Elizabeth and Lyell McEwin hospitals, and a member of the the University of Adelaide’s Discipline of Medicine. He also directs the Basil Hetzel Research Institute’s Health Observatory at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and chairs the SA Health Literacy Allianc

Dr Sean Martin is a National Health and Medical Research Council early-career research fellow in the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health. Since 2006, Sean has also acted as project manager for the Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study, a prospective cohort study of middle-aged-to-elderly men.

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