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Australian Male: Illness, Injury and Death by Socialisation

Many men's health problems in Australia are preventable. They are broad public health issues such as lifestyle, health-risk behaviour and poor health care service utilisation. Improving men's health in Australia depends on a number of prerequisites. These include the recognition that: men's poor health status and health risk are an outcome of risk behaviour; men's poor health outcomes should not taken for granted as a cultural norm; men's health problems are not going to be solved by biomedicine alone; men's health and behaviour is not predominantly predetermined by biogenetic factors - lifestyle and socialisation are some of the most important factors; men's health is very much influenced by construct issues such as male socialisation and the models of masculinity that predominate in the Australian culture; the unreasonable expectations placed on young men to conform to male stereotypic behaviour result in health-risk behaviour which is detrimental to health; and ultimately, men are the only people who can improve men's health by being given permission to participate in problem solving and the decision-making process.

Contents include

  • Introduction
  • Men's health status
  • Gender issues
  • Raising awareness
  • Conclusion
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ME, Advanced Diploma of Adolescent Development, Certificate of Technology, Member of the British Association for Behavioural Psychotherapy.
Allan is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Men's Health Teaching and Research Unit, School of Public Health, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. The Men's Health Teaching and Research Unit is the first of its kind in any university in Australia. It offers a certificate course in men's health taught both internally and externally around Australia and in New Zealand. This course has recently been accredited by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. The Unit is also involved in a range of men's health issues around Australia. In 1995 Allan Huggins was appointed to the M...

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