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.
- Men's health status
- Gender issues
- Raising awareness