Men's Health

Men's Health

Men's health in general practice is the holistic management of health conditions and risks that are most common or specific to men in order to promote optimal physical, emotional and social health in the general practice setting.  While male sexual health is important, men's health goes beyond sexual and reproductive health.

Men's health issues include medical situations in which men face problems not directly related to their biology. Some diseases that affect both genders are statistically more common in men. Australian men are less healthy than Australian women, dying 5 years earlier especially in the 25–65 years age group – the main working period of men's lives.

General practitioners address the specific healthcare needs of men. Good men's healthcare not only includes the management of disease but involves recognising that major improvements to men's health will be achieved by challenging the way masculinity is defined in Australian culture. This recognises the importance of how boys develop socially, explores ways of taking the GPs and health teams to the men who under-attend general practice, as well as addressing the marketing of general practice services to men.

Conditions that affect both men and women include cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, mental health, respiratory health, and cancers.