The article was originally posted on LinkedIn by Barry Sandison, AIHW CEO.
As a father and son, I understand the importance of bringing awareness to health issues that affect men. This week is #MensHealthWeek and it provides a platform for challenging and debating key issues around men’s health, and encourages conversation around their health outcomes and health needs.
A male born in Australia in 2015–17 has a life expectancy of 80.5 years on average, while a female born at the same time could expect to live to 84.6 years. Coronary heart disease, lung cancer and dementia and Alzheimer disease are the three leading causes of male deaths. It’s also important to keep the conversation going around mental health, with nearly 1 in 2 Australian males having experienced a mental health problem in their lifetime–– and mental and substance use disorders are among the leading causes of disease burden for Australian men.