Addressing men’s health policy concerns in Australia: What can we do?

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There is a lack of consensus about what men's health constitutes in Australia. The absence of a widely accepted definition has been problematic for establishing state and national men's health policies. I consider that one impediment to the implementation of state and federal men's health policies has been a lack of willingness to approach men's health from a broad public health perspective. In particular, scant attention has been paid to exploring lay perspectives of how men define and understand health, and in turn, how these relate to significant policy problems such as men's health service use. I conclude by suggesting that a focus on men's lay perspectives of their health emerging from the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland provides a useful framework to guide men's health policy discussion in Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Health Review
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Addressing men’s health policy concerns in Australia: What can we do? / Smith, James A.

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