Government announces launch of male health strategy

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Health minister Greg Hunt has announced the planned creation of a decade-long National Male Health Strategy designed to focus on the mental and physical health of men and boys.

Mr Hunt announced the planned strategy during 2018 Men’s Health Week.

"More males die at every stage of life," he said. "Males have more accidents, are more likely to take their own lives and are more prone to lifestyle-related chronic health conditions than women and girls at the same age.

"This is why I am announcing today, the beginning of a process to establish a National Male Health Strategy for the period 2020 to 2030."

Mr Hunt said the new strategy, which will build on the 2010 National Male Health Policy, will aim to identify what is required to improve male health outcomes and provide a framework for taking action. 

Its development will include an online public consultation process.

"Australian men and boys are vital to the health and happiness of their families and communities, but need to pay more attention to their own mental and physical wellbeing," said Mr Hunt.

"I encourage all men to take time this week to think about their own health and wellbeing and participate in events happening across the country."