Men, we’re often told, are their own worst enemies when it comes to health. Their poorer health
outcomes, when compared to women, are often 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 and set out to dispel the myths and re-shift the blame away from men and “masculinity” and back onto health services.
Their studies indicate that:
- many primary health care services and practitioners are not well equipped to effectively engage with men;
- if engagement improved, common conditions important to men such as lower urinary tract symptoms, erectile dysfunction and sleep problems could be better screened for; and
- as these conditions respond well to lifestyle changes (obesity, smoking, physical activity and alcohol consumption) these health checks may in turn help to reduce the risk of more serious conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and depression.
In this informative presentation, senior FFCMH team members will mark the Centre’s 10-year anniversary and partnership between the University of Adelaide and the Freemasons Foundation, by presenting a compelling, evidence-based case for male-specific health care initiatives.
Professor Gary Wittert is the University of Adelaide Mortlock Professor of Medicine, and heads the University’s Discipline of Medicine and the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health. He is also a senior consultant endocrinologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and is Independent Chair of the Weight Management Council of Australia.
Professor Robert Adams is a senior respiratory and general physician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and a member of the University of Adelaide’s Discipline of Medicine. He directs the Basil Hetzel Research Institute’s Health Observatory at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and chairs the SA Health Literacy Alliance.
Dr Sean Martin is a National Health and Medical Research Council early-career research fellow in the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health. He is also project manager for the Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study, one of Australia’s largest and longest running cohort studies of men and their health and well-being as they age.