Tips for health promotion in primary health care settings

 

Tap into the evidence

Don’t reinvent the wheel. 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.

 

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