While the gap is narrowing, there remains a long-standing difference between the sexes in relation to risk factors for poor health and health outcomes, with males having five years less ‘healthy life' than females.
The research area of men's health focuses on the common and interrelated conditions that constitute the bulk of the disease burden in men, and have the most significant effects on wellbeing and quality of life, families and workforce participation. These include:
- prostate cancer
- diabetes and heart disease
- anxiety and depression
- urological disease
- sexual health
- reproductive health
- sleep health.
Our researchers are using an interdisciplinary approach to narrow the gap between male and female health. This comprises a network of basic scientists, public health, clinical, behavioural and social science researchers, health practitioners, educators, economists, consumers and expert advisors working together to share expertise and knowledge to advance men’s health.
Our research emphasises the biopsychosocial determinants of health across all our men’s health research and training programs. Our programs have a strong focus on:
- healthy male ageing
- clinical consequences of obesity
- health literacy
- preventative health and e-health measures
- vulnerable populations of men at greater risk
- innovation in screening, diagnostic and prognostic tools and therapies
- health economics
- healthy paternity.
Our research centres and institutes working in this area
- Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories (Professor Wayne Tilley)
- North West Adelaide Health Study (Professor Robert Adams and Professor Anne Taylor)
- South Australian immunoGENomics Cancer Institute (SAiGENCI) (Professor Christopher Sweeney)
Our research groups working in this area
- Freemasons Centre for Male Health and Wellbeing (Professor Gary Wittert)
- MAILES Longitudinal Male Ageing Study Research Group (Professor Gary Wittert)
- Prostate Cancer Research Group (Professor Lisa Butler)
For additional leads in this area of research, please contact Men's Health researchers.
We offer exciting opportunities for researchers at the honours, masters and PhD levels. Our research degrees are open to students from a broad range of backgrounds, and range from basic sciences to clinical research. If you are interested in human health, consider furthering your research career with us.