About the Centre
Professor Gary Wittert, Centre Director
Why a Focussed Agenda on Men's Health?
While the gap is narrowing, there remains long-standing differences between sexes in risk factors for poor health and health outcomes. For example, males have, on average, nearly 5 years less equivalent ‘healthy life' lived than females. The World Health Organisation and Australia's National Male Health Policy recognise that a "one approach" to improving health is sub-optimal because the susceptibility and response to disease differs between men and women due to inherent biological differences, social, cultural, economic, environmental and political determinants of health as well as attitudes towards health and health service use.
Our Men's Health Research Network
The multidisciplinary research program offered through, or supported by, the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health focusses primarily on the common and interrelated chronic conditions that constitute the bulk of the disease burden in men and have the most significant effects on well-being and quality-of-life. Being interrelated, research efficiencies are achieved by having basic and applied scientists, epidemiologists, clinicians, allied and public health practitioners working together to share expertise and knowledge. This forms the basis of our men's health research network. Our research programs also include a strong focus on healthy male ageing, health literacy, screening and prevention and men's use of and provision of health services. Socioeconomically disadvantaged men and men in rural and remote locations are a particular focus for the Centre.
A Focus on Supporting Young Scientists and Professionals
Through multidisciplinary recruitment, training, and mentoring, the Centre aims to develop young scientists and health professionals to optimise their career opportunities and outcomes. In doing so, it strives to develop a strong national men's health research workforce which is competitive for grant funding and which aligns closely with government and non-government organisations that share common goals in achieving better heath outcomes for men.
Achieving Health Through Lifestyle Change
The Centre promotes the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle and weight by regular physical activity, a well balanced diet and strategies to manage stress and anxiety, to reduce the risk of, or better manage disease. The Centre has developed and validated GIRTH, a 12-week healthy lifestyle program specifically designed for men and run by men which is available for communities or businesses.