Men's Health and Wellbeing Policy released

WA Health Minister Roger Cook has announced the Western Australian Men's Health and Wellbeing Policy. Photo: Emma Young.
WA Health Minister Roger Cook has announced the Western Australian Men's Health and Wellbeing Policy. Photo: Emma Young.

The state government has released a policy to improve health outcomes for both adult men and boys.

The Western Australian Men's Health and Wellbeing Policy was announced on June 10, the start of Men's Health Week.

Males have higher rates of suicide, cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart and lung disease and stroke than women.

More than 77 per cent of WA males are overweight or obese and more than 31 per cent drink excessively, which is the highest level in Australia.

The government consulted across the health system to make sure the policy had strategies to improve access to health services and to empower men and boys to manage their own health in both city and country areas.

The policy offers direction to the WA health system to provide effective services which will boost physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing.

The three main goals of the policy are to empower males to be proactive in managing their health, ensure equitable access to services and make sure outcomes are evaluated.

The full policy is available at http://www.health.wa.gov.au/mens-health.

Health Minister Roger Cook said there were many compelling reasons to develop the policy.

"Men continue to face poorer outcomes than women on many key health and wellbeing indicators," Mr Cook said.

"This is a much needed piece of work which outlines clear goals and areas requiring action where men and boys are at higher risk.

"It will lead to real gains, tangible actions and health improvements for men and boys, and for all those working with them, in communities across our State."