MEN’S HEALTH CHECK
MEN’S HEALTH – THE PROBLEM
There is a growing awareness in our community of the poor state
of health and well-being of Australian men.
Compared to women of the same age, male death rates are
significantly higher for cancers, heart disease, stroke, chronic lung
disease, diabetes and most other major diseases. Men also have
higher rates of accidental and violent death, of suicide and of deaths
related to drug and alcohol problems.
There are many social and cultural factors that impact on this:
- Men (particularly young men) tend to feel invulnerable and this
can lead to risk-taking behaviour;
- Men are encouraged to show strength and to partake in potentially
dangerous work and play;
- Men often feel that seeking help is a sign of weakness;
- Men have less reason than women to maintain contact with
health professionals in early adulthood (women are involved due
to contraception, childbirth and parenting issues);
- Men are less likely to discuss their health problems (especially
emotional ones) with their friends and others;
- Men often feel that it is inappropriate or “sissy” to take time off
work to attend to health concerns;
- Men’s health issues are generally not promoted as widely as those
The situation tends to be worse for those men who are alone or
in failing relationships, those unhappy in work or those in socially
Men need to be encouraged to value their health and to become
empowered with the skills and knowledge that will promote a healthy
lifestyle and so allow them to enjoy their full potential.
HOW ABOUT A “TUNE-UP”?
For many men, the first step to getting back on track will be to have
a good check-up.
A “tune-up” will provide an opportunity for men to explore specific
concerns and can help them identify factors that might lead to future
There is no doubt that early intervention and simple lifestyle changes
can significantly reduce the risk of some of our major diseases.
Simply make an appointment for a “tune-up” – you should allow
about an hour for the initial assessment. A questionnaire will be
provided and this should be completed before you attend.
You should refrain from having caffeine drinks for at least 2 hours
before the appointment.
The responses to the questionnaire will be discussed and a medical
examination performed – a urine test will be required as part of the
assessment (this can be brought from home or passed at the time).
Relevant pathology and other investigations will be organized. (If
you fast for 8-12 hours before attending, the pathology tests can be
performed during your visit).
Finally, we will make a follow-up appointment. During this
appointment your doctor will discuss any identified problems or
issues with you.