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The first National Male Health Policy has been developed through extensive consultation with health services, health professionals, and men themselves in 26 public forums attended by 1,300 people. It was launched by the Rudd government and greatly welcomed by Mr Justin Mohamed, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO). The six priority areas of the male health policy consider the diverse needs of men in different populations, regions, age groups and life stages, as well as the need to tailor services and preventative health initiatives to men's needs, said Mr Mohamed.
The six priorities to be promoted are (1) optimal health outcomes for males, (2) health equity between population groups of males, (3) improved health for males at different life stages, (4) a focus on preventive health for males, (5) building a strong evidence base on male health, and (6) improved access to health care for males.