The Western Australian Men’s Health and Wellbeing Policy is a WA first, and has been designed to drive improved health outcomes for all men and boys in the State.
In WA, males are currently over-represented in the areas of suicide, cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart and lung disease and stroke.
More than 77 per cent of WA males are overweight or obese, more than 14 per cent smoke and more than 31 per cent exceed alcohol consumption guidelines, which is the highest figure in Australia.
The release of the policy follows extensive research and consultation with stakeholders from regional and metropolitan WA to ensure it delivers strategies to improve access to vital health services and to empower local men and boys to manage their own health.
It provides direction for the WA health system and its partners to provide effective services which will boost physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing. The policy is underpinned by three goals:
- Men are empowered to be proactive in managing their health needs.
- Men have equitable access to services.
- Men’s health and wellbeing needs and outcomes are monitored and evaluated.
The policy outlines the Government’s response to the National Male Health Policy, and is available at https://www.health.wa.gov.au/mens-health
As stated by Health Minister Roger Cook:
“There are many fundamental and compelling reasons to develop this policy and for our Government’s commitment to do more for men’s health across the State.
“Men continue to face poorer outcomes than women on many key health and wellbeing indicators.
“This is a much needed piece of work which outlines clear goals and areas requiring action where men and boys are at higher risk.
“It will lead to real gains, tangible actions and health improvements for men and boys, and for all those working with them, in communities across our State.”