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Men's Health

Men's Health Week - 13 to 19 June 2016

Men's Health Week encourages communities across Australia to reach out to men, boys and their families to promote health and wellbeing through engaging activities, events and promotions.

These locally tailored events create the right setting for conversations about the elements that make us healthy. The 2016 theme for the Northern Territory is Healthy Men, Strong Families. This recognises that healthier, longer lived men help to create positive, safer families.

Please come along to one of our free Men's Health Week Events:

Men's Health Expo Palmerston

Larrakia Nation Yarrawonga
Tuesday 14 June
11:00am to 2:30 pm

Free BBQ and basic Health Checks and resources from service providers

Men's Health Expo Darwin

Rain Tree Park
Wednesday 15 June
10:00am to 2:00 pm

The expo will have stands from the Pit Stop Program and Deadly choices.

Men's Health Expo Palmerston

Men's Shed Palmerston
Thursday 16 June
11:00am to 2:30 pm

Free BBQ and basic Health Checks and resources from service providers

Fathers & Kids FlicNics

FREE screening of 'Happy Feet'
Goyder Square Palmerston
Thursday 16 June
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Mitchell Centre Walking Group

Meet at Mitchell Centre Information Desk
Friday 7:30am to 8:30am
Contact: Gay 8927 6400 


About Men's Health

Whether you are male or female (gender) is a major factor in how long you live and the types of diseases that may affect you. It is important to recognise that our health system needs to be responsive to the diversity which exists in Australian society - a one size fits all approach will not meet the needs of all people and that is why services need to consider approaches which take into consideration the specific needs of men and women.

There are biological, social, psychological and economic factors which all impact on the level of health that men experience.

Some examples include:

  • Biological - some diseases such as prostate and testicular cancer only affect males. 
  • Social - Men may suffer increased risk of depression due to isolation stemming from having smaller social networks than women. For Aboriginal men disempowerment and loss of culture have been identified as critical social factors underlying poor health.
  • Psychological - Men display high risk taking behaviours which result in higher rates of injury and death due to such things as motor vehicle accidents and interpersonal violence.   
  • Economic - Men undertake high risk occupations in such industries as mining, construction and manufacturing which result in high rates of injury and occupational diseases.

Overall, men suffer higher rates than women of a range of diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and various non-gender specific cancers. Health surveys also show that men display poorer health promoting behaviours than women across most age groups e.g. higher smoking, excessive alcohol and obesity rates rates and lower levels of physical activity and healthy eating. Of particular concern are the high rates of injury, suicide and interpersonal violence which impact on the lives of men and their families. 

Men who enjoy good, physical and mental health are well-placed to support the functioning of society through positive contributions in their personal relationships, communities and at work.

It is for these reasons that there has been an increased emphasis on male health over the past few years. In 2010, the Commonwealth government released the first National Male Health Policy and in 2011 the NT Department of Health established the Men's Health Strategy Unit.

Improving men's health requires an emphasis on prevention which takes into consideration the person's age group as the diseases, disabilities and causes of death change according to life stage.