Tap into the evidence

A number of organisations across Australia can support your practice (and patients) with free, quality evidence-based clinical resources on men’s health.


Become ‘male-friendly’
  • Do you operate out-of-hours clinics or flexible appointment times to accommodate men in full-time employment?
  • Is it feasible to have more male health professionals on staff?
  • Is your reception and waiting area gender-inclusive?
  • Is quality men’s health information readily available to your patients?


Have male health resources on hand


Prioritise professional education on men’s health
  • When did you last have in-house training on men’s health?
  • Does the practice need an update on male genital examination?
  • What do your primary health care nurses need to know about men’s health?
  • How can you earn professional development points in men’s health?


A critical review of past treatments and outcomes can be revealing and may help to establish recall and reminder systems
  • With how many male patients with diabetes have you had conversations about erectile dysfunction (and vice versa)?
  • How many parents of boys born with undescended testes have been provided with information about future risk of testicular cancer?
  • How many male patients have had a genital examination when assessing fertility or androgen status?
  • How many older male patients with borderline low testosterone levels (6 to 8 nmol/L) will now not be eligible for testosterone therapy on the PBS?


Why is this important? Men may be reluctant to ‘make a fuss’ about their health but generally respond well to timely and relevant advice and reminders.


Make it local
  • A rich network of local support services and organisations may be available to your male patients, but it is of little benefit if men don’t know about it

  • Collate a list of the men’s health services and support groups in your area so that you are ready with ‘friendly advice’ about local support beyond your practice

  • This could include counselling services for men, new dad’s programs, continence programs for men, nutrition and dietary advice specifically for men living on their own

  • The websites of the Australian Men’s Sheds Association and Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia list the contact details of local sheds and prostate cancer support groups. Local councils may also be able to advise about men’s health services in the area

  • And if local services are not available, do you have the details for national helplines, such as MensLine Australia and the National Continence Helpline?

  • At a professional level, contact your Primary Health Network (PHN) to see if you can work together on men’s health, and advocate for men’s health to be on your local PHN agenda

  • Check out the Spanner in the Works? men's health promotion toolkit to support your men's health activities.