Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.”

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