Journal article

Why it's time to focus on masculinity in mental health training and clinical practice

Zac E Seidler, Simon M Rice, Haryana M Dhillon, Helen Herrman

AUSTRALASIAN PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Men present with complex, diverse and often contradictory expressions of masculinity that are relevant to their health status. This article argues for the inclusion of masculinity into mental health curricula in Australia. Masculinity mediates health outcomes by influencing help seeking and engagement with treatment. CONCLUSION: An online curricula audit of publicly available information from Australian medical programs and their professional bodies reveals increasing awareness of the needs, but limited practical inclusion of masculinity models in training and practice. Described are the elements essential to training and subsequent clinical practice to curb the poor mental health..

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