A MOment on Men's Health

It’s MOVEMBER so we are spending this month focusing on creating awareness around men’s health and wellbeing.

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues. Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health on a global scale, focusing on mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. You can find out more here.

In this edition we will explore the role data plays in improving men’s health and wellbeing. In this webinar you will hear from:

The moderator is QUT Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen, Director for the QUT Centre for Data Science.

More about the topics

Tackling Men’s Mental Health Shoulder-to-Shoulder – Professor Daniel Johnson

When facing mental health concerns, men seek help less, confront greater stigma in accessing treatment, and experience more severe consequences. Interventions targeted at men are often grounded in activity and situated in appealing contexts. Activities that are undertaken “shoulder-to-shoulder”, such as sport, videogames and pinball offer particular promise.

Indigenous Men’s Health Gap – Dr Stephen Corporal

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men’s health is important as their life expectancy is lower than all other population groups within Australia. To address this situation, need to look at what has contributed to this gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men health and which ways to work with the men, their families, and communities to close this gap.

Data-driven perspectives on mental health – Owen Forbes

Mental health issues have different prevalence and presentation across different gender groups. Diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions need to pay attention to these gendered differences. This talk will review some recent research on data-driven perspectives for diagnosing and treating mental health, and consider how data-driven perspectives might offer better insights than traditional approaches.

Boomer bravado to Zoomer Zen: the role of masculinity in Australian men’s health service use across four social generations using data from the Ten to Men study – Jacquie McGraw

In Australia, compared to women, men have low use of primary and preventative health services, such as cancer screening or going to the GP just for a check-up. Yet, regular use of such services can detect disease early and mitigate dire health and well-being outcomes. Research from this PhD program included analyses using secondary datasets from Ten to Men: The Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health (N = 16,021), encompassing three timepoints over seven years and four social generations of males. Findings revealed the different roles traditional masculine norms play in men’s regular use of health services and, arguably, some men’s likely customer experience of vulnerability in preventative health services.


Location: Zoom - online
Start Date: 18/11/2022 [add to calendar]