Australia's national men's health policy : masculinity matters

Saunders, Margo and Peerson, Anita 2009, Australia's national men's health policy : masculinity matters, Health promotion journal of Australia, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 92-97.

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Title Australia's national men's health policy : masculinity matters
Author(s) Saunders, Margo
Peerson, Anita
Journal name Health promotion journal of Australia
Volume number 20
Issue number 2
Start page 92
End page 97
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Association
Place of publication West Perth, W.A.
Publication date 2009-08
ISSN 1036-1073
Keyword(s) men's health
health policy
gender masculinity
Summary Issue addressed : The development of Australia's first national men's health policy provides an important opportunity for informed discussions of health and gender. It is therefore a concern that the stated policy appears to deliberately exclude hegemonic masculinity and other masculinities, despite evidence of their major influence on men's health-related values, beliefs, perspectives, attitudes, motivations and behaviour.

Methods : We provide an evidence-based critique of the proposed approach to a national men's health policy which raises important questions about whether the new policy can achieve its aims if it fails to acknowledge 'masculinity' as a key factor in Australian men's health.

Conclusion : The national men's health policy should be a means to encourage gender analysis in health. This will require recognition of the influence of hegemonic masculinity, and other masculinities, on men's health. Recognising the influence of 'masculinity' on men's health is not about 'blaming' men for 'behaving badly', but is crucial to the development of a robust, meaningful and comprehensive national men's health policy.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920208 Health Inequalities
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Australian Health Promotion Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019528

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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