Have your say on the future of men’s health in WA

Western Australians are urged to get involved and have their say on the State's first policy to improve the health and wellbeing of men.

 

Men are over-represented in most preventable causes of death - including suicide, cancer, heart disease, lung diseases and stroke - and have an average life expectancy nearly five years lower than women.

 

The WA Men's Health and Wellbeing Policy was an election commitment to address the high number of WA males dying from common, preventable health conditions.

 

A two-month community consultation period for the policy is open, which will include two metropolitan community consultations, 14 regional forums and an online survey. Materials are also available to support organisations that wish to run their own mini forums with staff or consumers.

 

The purpose of the policy is to provide direction to the WA health system and its partners, so they can deliver strategies that improve the physical and mental wellbeing of men and boys living in Western Australia.

 

Health Minister Roger Cook said, "I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to shape the future of services to support men's health and wellbeing in Western Australia.

 

"Today, the community has an opportunity to comment on the draft of that policy, and influence how it will look in its final state.

 

"It will also support the National Male Health Policy here in WA, and complement the WA Women's Health Strategy, and the WA Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework 2015-2030, which encompasses the former Aboriginal Men's Health Strategy.

 

"We need to focus on improving the health and wellbeing of WA men - not only for the sake of the men themselves, but also for their partners, families, mates and our community."

 

Community consultation regional forums:

Esperance, Thursday July 5

Northam, Monday July 9

Merredin, Tuesday July 10

Bunbury, Tuesday July 10

Busselton, Tuesday July 10

Kununurra, Tuesday July 17

Broome, Thursday July 19

Kalgoorlie, Friday July 20

Port Hedland, Tuesday July 24

Roebourne, Wednesday July 25

Karratha, Wednesday July 25

Carnarvon, Thursday July 26

Geraldton, Friday July 27

Albany, Thursday August 2

Manjimup, Friday August 3

 

Results from the consultations will inform the final policy, due to be released at the end of 2018.

 

To view the policy, access the online survey or for more information, visit http://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/News/Mens-Health-and-Wellbeing-Policy

 

17 June 2018.