Did you know that more Australian men die of cancer, suffer from lifestyle-related health conditions and take their own lives than women? Men’s Health Week (June 15-21) highlights the need to pay more attention to men’s health, including what can be done to improve access to health care and health outcomes for men, and to empower men to play a more active role in their health.
• Chair of USQ’s Social and Behavioural Sciences Professor Jeff Dunn AO (also heads the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia) is calling on blokes to take up the challenge to look out for their own health, not just for themselves but for their families and their communities. Prof Dunn can discuss all issues related to men’s health, as well as share his top 10 tips men can follow to improve their health. Media contact: Sarah Green 0417 799 331 and Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822
• Men’s health researcher Associate Professor Nicholas Ralph has spent the past 5 years investigating ways of improving cancer survivorship and health outcomes. His most recent research has focused on prostate cancer survivorship and the long-term effects men with prostate cancer experience. Media contact: Sarah Green 0417 799 331 and Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822
IN A BAD MOOD? THE IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS ON MEN’S MENTAL HEALTH
When feeling stressed or down, men can become quiet and retreat into their ‘cave’ to mull over problems instead of seeking help. There are even more concerns now for the mental health of men with many having lost their jobs during COVID-19 and less avenues to social support due to lockdown restrictions.
• Registered psychologist and researcher Professor Peter Terry is currently investigating the effects of lockdown on mood. Prof Terry says COVID-19 has had an impact on the mental health of men, causing an increase in tension, depression, anger, fatigue and confusion. Prof Terry can discuss why it is important men who are showing signs of depression or anxiety talk about their feelings and strategies they can use to boost their mood. Media contact: Sarah Green 0417 799 331 and Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822
STEPS MEN CAN TAKE TO REDUCE RISK OF DISEASE
Physical activity plays a vital role in keeping Aussie blokes healthy and by making simple, positive changes to physical activity behaviours can not only provide physical and mental health benefits, but can also reduce the risk of developing a disease or chronic condition.
• Physical activity and health expert Professor Stuart Biddle says it’s time men start prioritising their health and find time to move. Prof Biddle can discuss ways men can become more active and why even a small dose of physical activity can have a big impact on their health. Media contact: Sarah Green 0417 799 331 and Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822
BETTER RELATIONSHIPS = BETTER HEALTH
Relationships are one of the most important aspects of our lives, but often men can forget just how crucial their connections with family, friends and their community are for their physical and mental health and wellbeing.
• Clinical psychologist James Brown’ expertise is in men’s psychological health and wellbeing, and a focus on helping men cultivate healthy relationships with their partners and children. Media contact: Sarah Green 0417 799 331 and Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822
Professor Jeff Dunn AO is calling on blokes to take up the challenge to look out for their own health.