Men's health under the spotlight

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says a national strategy will focus on improving men's health.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says a national strategy will focus on improving men's health.

The mental and physical health of men will be the focus of a decade-long strategy rolled out by the government.

The National Male Health Strategy, which will run from 2020 to 2030, was announced by the federal government in response to the poorer health outcomes experienced by males compared to females.

"More males die at every stage of life," Health Minister Greg Hunt said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Males have more accidents, are more likely to take their own lives and are more prone to lifestyle-related chronic health conditions than women and girls at the same age."

The strategy hopes to identify what is needed to improve male health and will be developed in consultation with key experts and public feedback.

Wednesday's announcement aligns with Men's Health Week, which runs from June 11 to 17 and encourages men to talk about their health.

"Australian men and boys are vital to the health and happiness of their families and communities, but need to pay more attention to their own mental and physical wellbeing," Mr Hunt said.

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