The Importance of Health Checks This Men’s Health Week

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Men’s Health Status in Australia

Men’s Health Week, runs from June 10–16, is an important reminder of the health challenges faced by men in Australia. Alarming statistics show that around 40 percent of poor health and premature deaths among Australian men can be prevented by adopting healthier habits. Each day, approximately 50 men in Australia die from preventable causes, totalling around 18,000 men each year [1]. This Men’s Health Week, we’re encouraging men to take charge of their health and well-being through regular medical check-ups.

Why Men Are Missing Their Key Health Checks

Despite the importance of regular health check-ups, many men neglect this crucial aspect of self-care. Several factors contribute to this:

1. Stigma and Masculinity: Societal expectations often portray men as invulnerable, leading many to avoid discussing health concerns or seeking medical help.

2. Busy Lifestyles: Balancing work, family, and social responsibilities can make scheduling regular check-ups challenging.

3. Lack of Awareness: Many men are unaware of which health checks they need and how often they should have them.

4. Fear and Denial: Fear of discovering a serious health issue can deter men from visiting a doctor, leading to a cycle of avoidance.

What Men’s Health Checks Are Available?

Taking proactive steps to manage your health can significantly reduce the risk of preventable diseases. Here are some essential health checks that men of all ages should consider [2]:

1. Blood Pressure Check: High blood pressure often has no symptoms but can lead to serious health issues like heart disease and stroke. The Heart Foundation recommends that if you’re 18 or over, get your blood pressure checked at least every two years. If you are 45 and over, you should get your blood pressure checked regularly. [3]

2. Heart Health Check: Elevated cholesterol levels can increase the risk of heart disease. Heart Health Checks are recommended at least once every 2 years for aged 45 years and over, or 30 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. [4]

3. Diabetes Screening: Regular blood glucose tests can help detect early signs of diabetes, which is critical for early intervention and management. Diabetes Australia recommends that you get your diabetes screening every 3 years. If you are overweight and have other risk factors for diabetes, ask your doctor if you should be screened more often. [5]

4. Prostate Check: Prostate health is important, especially for men over 50. Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia recommends that if men are 50–69 with no family history of prostate cancer, it is recommended that you have a PSA blood test every two years. [6]

5. Skin Cancer Check: Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Cancer Council Australia recommends that people consult their doctor if they notice any changes to their skin. Full skin examinations supported by total body photography and dermoscopy are also recommended every 6 months for individuals at high risk. [7]

6. Mental Health Check: Mental well-being is as important as physical health. Regular check-ins with a mental health professional can help manage stress, anxiety, and depression.

7. Eye and Hearing Tests: Regular vision and hearing tests can detect issues early, ensuring timely treatment. Optometrists generally recommend that you have an eye test every two years[8]. Most audiologists recommend annual hearing checkups for adults over 60 years old, especially if you have been exposed to industrial noise or already have some hearing loss. Younger adults should have their hearing checked every three to five years.[9]

8. Bowel Cancer Screening: Early detection of bowel cancer can significantly improve treatment outcomes. People aged 50-74 will still be sent a free home test kit by the Australian Government every two years, and now people aged 45-49 can also request a free screening kit to be mailed to them.[10]

Take Action This Men’s Health Week

This Men’s Health Week, we encourage all men to take control of their health by scheduling regular check-ups. Early detection and prevention are key to living a long, healthy life. Let’s commit to changing the statistics and improving the health and well-being of men across Australia. Book your health check today and prepare for a healthier future.

For more information or to book an appointment, visit our website or contact your nearest Qualitas Medical Practice. Your health is your wealth. Take the first step towards a healthier you this Men’s Health Week.


[1]. AIHW, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/life-expectancy-deaths/deaths-in-australia/contents/leading-causes-of-death

[2]. Men’s Health Check, NSW Government Health Northern Sydney Local Health District, chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://www.nslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/CYFH/HealthTopics/Documents/NS09853B-E.pdf

[3]. The Heart Foundation, https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/your-heart/blood-pressure-and-your-heart

[4]. The Heart Foundation, https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/your-heart/heart-health-checks

[5]. Diabetes Australia, https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/

[6]. Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, https://www.pcfa.org.au/

[7]. Cancer Council Australia, https://www.cancer.org.au/about-us/policy-and-advocacy/position-statements/uv/early-detection

[8]. Earscience, https://www.earscience.org.au/2022/09/19/the-importance-of-getting-regular-hearing-tests/

[9]. Better Health, https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/eye-tests