GLOBAL ACTION ON MEN’S HEALTH

Australia

Public Perception in AUSTRALIA

More than 2,000 adults took part in the survey. Results are weighted to be nationally representative of age and gender.

 

Key findings

Australian men believe that they are in good health

85% of Australian men believe they are in good health

Men aged 18-34 (81%) are the most likely to be satisfied with their state of health, while men aged 55-64 are the least satisfied (75%).

 

A Desire to Take Control

Australian men are extremely confident about managing their own health.

86% of Australian men want to take charge of their health.

89% of Australian men are confident managing their own health.

88% of Australian men are confident in identifying problems when they arise.

92% believe they know which healthcare professional they should turn to when something is wrong.

Australia men 65 YEARS and over are most confident in managing their health and in identifying health problems.

Australian men are well above the average in wanting to improve key areas of their health:

Fitness Energy Diet Stress
Australia 88% 82% 81% 71%
Average 83% 78% 73% 65%

 

The disparity between beliefs and actions

Whereas 62% of men cite seeing their doctor as their most likely response when feeling unwell or discovering a non-life threatening medical problem, 76% believe that there are medical conditions for which obtaining the appropriate medication should not require a visit to the doctor.

Whereas 3% of men are most likely to turn to a pharmacist when feeling unwell or discovering a non-life threatening medical problem, 82% of men believe that less serious and chronic conditions can be dealt with by the pharmacist rather than the doctor.*

Whereas 14% of men say they’re most likely to look up symptoms and possible treatments online when feeling unwell or discovering a non-life threatening medical problem, 56% of men agree there is plentiful information online to help them choose the right medication.

* 67% of Australian men feel comfortable using OTC for headaches or migraines, 59% for allergies, and 42% for nausea.

 

The opportunity for self-care

Australian men are more confident managing their health (89%) than they are managing their level of work stress (68%) or career decisions (69%).

When men in Australia feel unwell or discover a non-life threatening medical problem, they are likely to:

Turn to a doctor Look up my symptoms and possible treatments online Ask a friend or family member for advice
62% 14% 5%

Australian men’s likely response when they feel unwell or discover a non-life threatening medical problem varies by age:

See a Doctor Look up symptoms online
18-34 42% 21%
35-54 54% 18%
55-64 72% 9%
65+ 83% 6%

77% of Australian men believe that over the counter medication works well

AND

84% of Australian men feel that the products currently available address their overall health needs

Bad habits and sexual well-being are important areas for improvement

30% of Australian men consider sexual health to be one of the most important parts of their overall health and well-being.

While a huge majority of Australian men take action when facing problems like sexually transmitted diseases (98%) or irritation and infections (96%), but far fewer men take action when it comes to conditions like when it comes to conditions like loss of libido (62%), erectile dysfunction (67%), or pain during sex (81%).

BUT

Both men (72%) and women (60%) believe that having a healthy sexual relationship is critical to their happiness.

More than 2,000 adults took part in the survey.

Results are weighted to be nationally representative of age and gender.