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Type: Journal article
Title: Addressing men's health policy concerns in Australia: What can be done?
Author: Smith, James
Citation: Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 2007; 4:20
Publisher: BioMed Central
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 1743-8462
School/Discipline: School of Population Health and Clinical Practice : Public Health
Statement of
James A Smith
Abstract: There is a lack of consensus about what men's health constitutes in Australia. The absence of a widely accepted definition has been problematic for establishing state and national men's health policies. I consider that one impediment to the implementation of state and federal men's health policies has been a lack of willingness to approach men's health from a broad public health perspective. In particular, scant attention has been paid to exploring lay perspectives of how men define and understand health, and in turn, how these relate to significant policy problems such as men's health service use. I conclude by suggesting that a focus on men's lay perspectives of their health emerging from the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland provides a useful framework to guide men's health policy discussion in Australia.
Description: Copyright © 2007 Smith; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
RMID: 0020074119
DOI: 10.1186/1743-8462-4-20
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