A national men's health policy will be launched in Ireland in September.
The publication of the policy follows an extensive research and consultation process that was commissioned by the Department of Health and Children in Ireland to inform the development of the policy.
The key recommendations and actions contained in the policy are based on up-to-date research and evidence of best practice both nationally and internationally.
The policy seeks to move beyond a narrow disease focus on men's health and to consider the wider social, cultural and environmental factors that impact on health. Some of the key theoretical and philosophical principles underpinning the policy include:
- promoting an inter-sectoral and inter-departmental partnership approach to men's health that is informed by a gender-mainstreaming framework;
- emphasising a community development approach to men's health that emanates from a broad social determinants model of health;
- adopting a health promotion, preventative approach to men's health;
- tackling men's health from a strengths perspective; and
- supporting men to become more active agents and advocates for their own health.
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