research study into male health shows the mortality rate of Australian men is 23,000 deaths per year higher than the female rate.
The study, released for National Men’s Health Week, shows that men suffer 93 per cent of work-related deaths, 70 per cent of work-related injuries, three-quarters of completed suicides nationally and on average die six years younger than women.
And despite men still providing the backbone of 90 per cent of the country’s high-risk and dangerous industries, funding for men’s health research remains at only 25 per cent of that spent nationally on women’s health research.
Australian Men’s Health Forum president Julian Krieg said a recent announcement that Andrology Australia, the key organisation providing research and services for male reproductive health, would have its funding cut from July 1 would “drastically cut even further the research commitment to men’s health and wellbeing”.
The AMHF approached all major political parties during the federal election campaign, asking they state their policies and stance on men’s health, including nominating a minister to be responsible for men’s health.
“While there are ministers for women’s interests in every state and federally, apart from the Northern Territory there are no ministers or departments responsible for men’s health outcomes or issues,” Mr Krieg said.
“The development of male-specific prevention strategies are required that take into account men’s differential vulnerabilities, including for subgroups of males at special risk similar to those that exist for women.”