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Improving Men’s Health in Northern Ireland


British Medical Association in Northern Ireland

Subject Keywords: Men's health, Poor health, Health services, Health policy
Catalogue: Policy
Policies, Strategies & Action plans
Type: Report
Region: Northern Ireland

Summary of recommendations

1 The need for increased research to develop a men’s health policy Priority Actions:

• Develop the male health evidence base, particularly in relation to population groups of males at risk of poor health

• Develop, fund and implement a cross-departmental, inter-agency holistic policy to improve men’s health in Northern Ireland


2 The need for improved services in a supportive environment Priority Actions:

• Identify barriers that exist that prevent men from accessing healthcare

• Commit to provide services that address such barriers

• Develop creative approaches to promote and encourage engagement with men to improve health outcomes

• Develop and deliver health related initiatives and services taking into account the needs of males and ways of promoting optimal health outcomes for males


3 Promoting responsibility Priority Actions:

• Promote a holistic and positive focus on men’s health that supports men to take greater ownership of their own health

• Development and use of ‘male-friendly’ health information which is easily available and accessible to men e.g. credit card size publications

• Consider alternative methods of communicating effectively with men such as social media, the use of celebrity role models and websites




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Suggested citation:

British Medical Association in Northern Ireland. (2011) Improving Men’s Health in Northern Ireland [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 20th January 2018].


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