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

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posted on 2009-08-01, 00:00 authored by M Saunders, Anita Peerson
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.

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Journal

Health promotion journal of Australia

Volume

20

Issue

2

Pagination

92 - 97

Publisher

Australian Health Promotion Association

Location

West Perth, W.A.

ISSN

1036-1073

eISSN

1753-6405

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2009, Australian Health Promotion Association

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