Working with Men

Men’s Health Facts

Understanding men’s health in numbers

Discover things you didn’t know about men’s health and all the factors that affect men’s health in the long run. This includes identifying the gender gap in terms of health and how male behaviour affects their health, among many others.

The Gender Health Gap

There is a vast gulf when it comes to gender health such that even in Australia, which is one of the world’s healthiest countries, on average, men die six years younger than women. The male population of Australia also accounts for;

  • 2 of every 3 violent deaths
  • 3 of every 4 road deaths
  • 3 of every 4 suicides
  • 4 of every 5 deaths due to heart disease before 65
  • 95% of deaths in the workplace

It should be pointed out that women do better and worse than men in different aspects of health. There is a gap that usually starts from conception and goes on throughout a lifetime in terms of life expectancy.

  • The likelihood of boys being stillborn or miscarried is higher.
  • Boys account for 3 of every 4 sudden infant deaths.
  • Boys account for 3 of every 5 children that die before reaching 15
  • Male account for 70% of people who die between 15-24
  • More than 60% of those who die before 65 are male
  • The likelihood of men under 75 dying from preventable causes is twice that of women.
  • The likelihood of women living to be 100 and older is thrice as higher.

Is Male Behaviour putting their lives at risk

It is usually said that men are their worst enemies when it comes to their healthcare. Facts show that men experience;

  • 56 per cent of disease because of lack of exercise
  • 60 per cent of disease connected to smoking
  • 60 per cent of disease linked to body mass
  • 71 per cent of disease linked to alcohol
  • 72 per cent of disease connected to environmental factors such as workplace hazards

There is also another claim as to men’s reluctance to talk or seek help about their mental and physical health. Even though men have lesser access to support services than women, we must not use gender stereotypes to explain men’s health issues. Evidence shows that men in the working-age use fewer Medicare services when compared with women, but for those over 65, the number is similar and men over the age of 75 use more. Experience has shown that support services offered in a male-friendly way, more men seek help. It will also take more than changing men’s individual health behaviour to make a difference because those behaviours account for merely 30% of poor health.

Men’s Social Status and effects on their health

The lower life expectancy of men is not just a result of unhealthy behaviours but other factors that determine social status such as;

  • Childhood experiences
  • Level of education
  • Fatherhood experiences
  • Working lives
  • Living conditions
  • Social connections
  • Access to male-friendly services