National Male Health Policy

In 2010 the Government released a National Male Health Policy, the first for Australia.

Page last updated: 22 November 2018


National Male Health Policy

Cover of National Male Health Policy brochure

The Policy provides a framework for improving the health of all males and achieving equal health outcomes for population groups of males at risk of poor health. It provides practical suggestions for action men can take to improve their health and is designed to guide policy directions into the new decade. The Policy focuses on areas where we know we can make a difference in improving the health of Australian males, and on measures that target those with the poorest health.

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Research and Information

Building a strong evidence base on male health is a priority area identified in the National Male Health Policy to inform policies, programs and initiatives.

Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health

The Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health, also known as the Ten to Men Study, is a longitudinal population-based study which focuses on building a strong evidence base in male health. The Study will inform policies, programs and initiatives that promote health and support to males.

The Ten to Men Study is examining the health and lifestyles of around 16,000 Australian males aged 10 to 55 years across three age groups: boys aged 10 to 14 years; young males aged 15-17 years; and adult males aged 18-55 years. Parents of boys aged 10 to 14 years are also being interviewed.

Details of the Ten To Men Study, which commenced in 2011, can be found at: Ten to Men website.

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: male health bulletins

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has drawn on a wide range of reliable national data sources to present a ‘snapshot’ of the health and wellbeing of Australian males. A series of four male health bulletins were published to provide up-to-date data for health professionals, academics, program designers/policy makers, key stakeholders and the general public.

These reports are:
The health of Australia’s males (released June 2011);
The health of Australia’s males: a focus on five population groups (released June 2012);
The health of Australia’s males: from birth to young adulthood (0-24 years) (released August 2013); and
The health of Australia’s males: 25 years and over (released August 2013)


A total of $16.7 million over four years was invested in male health programs that were designed to support the National Male Health Policy (the Policy) and build on efforts to address the priority areas identified in the Policy.

Men's Sheds

Men’s Sheds have long been recognised as meeting places where men can find social support and camaraderie. During the consultations for the National Male Health Policy there was considerable support expressed for men’s sheds for their demonstrated success in reaching marginalised and isolated males and in contributing to improvements in male health and wellbeing.

Support for Men’s Sheds is an initiative under the National Male Health Policy which aims to ensure that Men’s Sheds in Australia have access to a wide range of resources and support for their particular Shed.

The Australian Government funds the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) to provide information and guidance to men’s sheds across Australia, promote the health benefits of Shed participation to all Australians, and to manage the National Shed Development Programme on behalf of the Australian Government.

National Shed Development Programme

The National Shed Development Programme (NSDP) has been funded by the Australian Government since 2010. The current NSDP provides grants of up to $10,000 for health improvement activities, training, equipment and events, the purchase of tools and shed improvements. Grants are awarded through a competitive grants process, for which all men’s sheds in Australia can apply. Two grants rounds are held each year,

DIY Health Toolbox (No longer available)

Cover of DIY Health Toolbox brochure

The DIY Health Toolbox was a health promotion initiative under the National Male Health Policy. These real toolboxes were designed to bring health promotion into men's sheds and community groups. Each toolbox contained usable items such as tape measures, carpenter’s pencils, magnetic clips and note books featuring positive health messages and referral pathways. Top of page

Useful Links

Note: The external websites listed are provided as a guide only and should not be considered an exhaustive list. The Commonwealth of Australia does not control and accepts no liability for the content of the external websites or for any loss arising from use or reliance on the external websites. The Commonwealth of Australia does not endorse the content of any external website and does not warrant that the content of any external website is accurate, authentic or complete. Your use of any external website is governed by the terms of that website.

Alzheimer's Australia website

Andrology Australia website

Black Dog Institute website

beyondblue website

Carers Australia website

Cancer Council of Australia website

Continence Foundation of Australia website

Drugs and drug use website

Freemasons Foundation for Men's Health website

Foundation 49 website

healthdirect website

Heart Foundation website

Heart Attack Facts website

Hepatitis C Council of NSW website

Impotence Australia website

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Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre

Men’s Health Australia website

Mental Health in Australia (Australian Government)

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National Stroke Foundation website

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

QUIT Now: the National Tobacco Campaign

Reach Out (for young people)

Rotary Clubs Fostering Youth Driver Awareness

SANE Helpline website

Sexual Health - STI website or Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia website

Volunteering Australia website

Youthbeyondblue website