INTERNATIONAL MEN'S HEALTH WEEK
June 14- 20, 2021 marks International Men's Health Week; a week dedicated to raising awareness for the health issues facing men.
In Australia, the life expectancy of men is a staggering five years less than women. Excluding suicide, five men die every hour from a disease that could have been prevented through early detection. Accidents, cancer and heart disease all account for the majority of male deaths. Men also take their own lives at four times the rate of women (that's five men a day, on average). These statistics are truly devastating and we need to rally together for the sake of our sons, brothers, fathers, husbands, and our own health.
In today's fast-paced society, looking after ourselves, and particularly our health, often becomes a low priority. It can be hard to find the time to exercise regularly, eat well, and most importantly, book an annual check-up with your GP. This is also exacerbated by the stigma that prevents conversations about men's health issues, and a laid back, "she'll be right" attitude often adopted by Australian men. Ignoring health warnings can have detrimental effects, and we need to encourage men of all ages to muscle up, and bravely take ownership of their health.
International Men's Health Week is a fantastic opportunity to open dialogue and raise awareness around the topic of men's health.
What can you do this International Men's Health Week?
- First and foremost, make a date with your GP! Prevention is better than cure.
- Open a dialogue about men's health with your mates; it is time to break the stigma and bring men's health to the forefront
- Join the MANDATE movement. Register your fundraiser to support the cause and make a real difference
Join the fight against prostate cancer by donating to real research based at the PA Hospital Campus.
WHY YOUR HEALTH IS IMPORTANT TO US
Think about it – your health really is your MOST important tool. If you don't have your health, the quality AND quantity of your life is reduced.
Your health not only affects you, but it also affects your family, your friends, your work life and our already burdened health care system.
Of course there are 2 types of health problems – preventable and non-preventable, however the repercussions of poor health are the same:
- Not being able to work therefore not being able to provide for your family
- Not being able to life a full life with family and friends
- Feelings of anxiety, stress and depression
- Using up the already limited time constraints our doctors and nurses are on
- Having to pay for expensive treatments and medication
- Possible premature death