Our theme for International Men’s Day 2023 in Australia, chosen by supporters of the day, is “Healthy Men, Healthy World”.
Improving men and boys’ health, is one of the six key objectives of International Men’s Day on Sunday 19 November, and the “Healthy Men, Healthy World” theme responds to this commitment.
A key aim of International Men’s Day (IMD), is to highlight some of the social issues that men and boys face, including the surprising fact that 50 Australian men a day are dying from preventable causes, before they reach the age of 75.
Australia is one of the healthiest and wealthiest countries in the world and yet men born in Australia still die an average of 7 years younger than women born in Australia.
Sometimes referred to as the “gender health gap”, this disparity in health outcomes includes the fact that men and boys account for:
- 3 in 4 suicides
- 4 in 5 heart disease deaths under 75
- 3 in 4 alcohol-related deaths
- 3 in 4 road deaths
- 96% of workplace deaths
- 70% of deaths in young people 15-34
The IMD 2023 theme – Healthy Men, Healthy World – will help shine a spotlight on the issue of men and boys’ health with the help of four sub-themes:
- Take action, stay healthy!
- Check in on a mate!
- Improving male health together!
- Healthy male role models!
Healthy Men, Healthy World – Take action, stay healthy!
The “Take action, stay healthy!” sub-theme is a rallying call to all Australians to do more of the things that help us live happy, healthy lives. We’re inviting organisations and communities all over Australia to use International Men’s Day 2023 as an opportunity to promote activities that keep men and boys’ healthy and help create a healthier world.
Healthy Men, Healthy World – Check in on a mate!
The “Check in on a mate” sub-theme encourages all Australians to look out for the men in their families, lives and communities who may be struggling. We believe that men’s mental health is everyone’s business and one way we can create a healthier world is by reaching out to our mates, particularly when they are doing it tough. For information and resources on helping a mate, you can download a free copy of the How Help a Mate guide.
Healthy Men, Healthy World – Improving male health together!
The “Improving male health together!” sub-theme is an important reminder that men’s health is a social issue, not just an individual issue. International Men’s Day is a good time for Government, public services, big businesses, NGOs and the media to focus on the collective action we can take, to make the world a healthier place for everyone, including men and boys.
Healthy Men, Healthy World – Healthy male role models!
The “Healthy male role models!” theme aims to get Australia talking about the importance of valuing healthy male role models in 2023. The National Men’s Health Strategy promises to recognise and value the diversity of men and boys living in Australia. International Men’s Day is a great time to build on this commitment and start a national conversation on the importance of championing a diverse range of healthy male role models in Australia.
To find out how this year’s theme was selected see How we chose the theme for International Men's Day 2023