The Australian Government is developing a National Men's Health Policy. It will focus on reducing barriers in accessing health services, tackling reticence to seek treatment, improving male-friendly health services, and raising awareness of preventable health problems.
In its official announcement during Men’s Health Week in June, the Australian government said: 'Men's health deserves attention. Over the next twelve months, the Government will develop a comprehensive men's health policy. We want to know what men consider to be the priorities for their health, and we want to look at how we can build up the evidence base in this area, including opportunities for research over the long term.
Consultations will be held throughout Australia, including a forum to be held in Canberra towards the end of 2008.
- The EMHF website will be carrying an editorial on the new policy next month.