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Andrology Australia has recently updated 20 fact sheets

Andrology Australia has a catalogue of fact sheets on a wide range of male health topics. We have recently released 20 updated fact sheets with more on their way!

Here’s a preview:

Erectile dysfunction

Erectle dysfunction fact sheet

Erectile dysfunction (when a man is unable to get and/or keep an erection) is very common and becomes more common as men age. An Australian survey showed that at least one in five men over the age of 40 years has erectile problems and about one in ten men are completely unable to have erections. 

Read the information online or download the PDF fact sheet.

Physical activity and men’s health

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Men suffer from high rates of cardiovascular disease; coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australian men. Preventing cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and addressing common risk factors (smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight) is therefore particularly important for men.

Read the information online or download the PDF fact sheet.

Penis problems

Penis problems fact sheet

 

This fact sheets looks at different penis problems that men may encounter, including penis lumps, penis cancer (rare), penis injury and persistent erections (priapism).

Read the information online or download the PDF fact sheet.

Androgen deprivation therapy

Androgen deprivation therapy fact sheet

Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is a treatment that works well for many men with prostate cancer. ADT does not cure prostate cancer but it may help to keep the growth and progression of the disease ‘in check’ for a period of time.

Read the information online or download the PDF fact sheet.

Posted in Erectile dysfunction, Men's health, Prostate cancer, Reproductive health, Sexual health | Tagged , , , ,

The SHAPE project is looking for participants 60 years and over

Sexual health is an important component of health and wellbeing and sexual activity enhances physical and mental health during ageing. The Sexual Health & Ageing, Perspectives and Education (SHAPE) Project, presents a unique opportunity for older adults to voice their thoughts and provide guidance to researchers in the development of a unique sexual health discussion checklist for use in primary care.  
While discussion of sexual health is a core preventive health activity in general practice for young adults, it is seldom discussed between healthcare practitioners and their older patients. Research has identified barriers to these discussions occurring, including lack of training, insufficient knowledge about older adults’ sexual health needs, and assumptions that older patients have little interest in sexual activity. Research has found that while embarrassed to initiate sexual health discussions with healthcare practitioners, older people want to be asked and to have opportunities to discuss their concerns.

For further details click here to view the Project flyer.

 

Posted in Community health, Research and Evaluation, Training and Education |

Participants wanted: Communicating with males about health

We know getting the right information at the right time can be tricky.  To understand how we can make this easier, we are seeking your feedback on how males of all ages and backgrounds prefer to get information about health.

We would love to hear about your experiences, and get your thoughts on how access to health information can be improved.  This will help us get the right information to those who need it.

Click here to take part in the survey.

This survey is open to all males aged 18 years and over and take 15-20 minutes.  The survey is completely anonymous.

This study has been approved by Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee.

Posted in Andrology Australia, Community health, Research and Evaluation |

MRI-Targeted or Standard Biopsy for Prostate-Cancer Diagnosis

The current standard of care for men suspected of prostate cancer is referral for a biopsy for definitive diagnosis. However, this approach can lead to over-treatment clinically insignificant cancers, burdening men with side-effects related to the cancer treatment and the initial biopsy.

Improving the screening of men prior to prostate biopsy is needed to reduce unnecessary procedures. A recent study published in the NEJM, carried out a multi-centre clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of MRI as a pre-screening tool for subsequent prostate biopsy.

The findings showed that the approach of MRI with or without targeted biopsy reduced the number of men that were referred for biopsy, improved the precision of targeted sampling of pathological cores, identified a higher number of men with clinically significant cancer, and reduced the number of men diagnosed with a non-life threatening cancer.

Read more in our journal article reviews.

Posted in Knowledge exchange, Men's health, Middle-aged and older males, Prostate cancer, Uncategorized |

We are kicking off #MensHealthWeek with a series of local events and activities in Lismore NSW

We are kicking off #MensHealthWeek with a series of local events and activities in Lismore NSW.  Watch our video here #itshealthytotalk

Posted in Andrology Australia, Community health, Health promotion, International Men's Health Week, Men's health, Men's health events |

Invitation to a public lecture on Prostate Cancer

You are invited to a public lecture at a Monash University, Department of Surgery, Central Clinical School, public lecture on The Australian Revolution in Prostate Cancer Diagnosis. 

Speaker: Associate Professor Jeremy Grummet MBBS, MS, FRACS is a consultant Urologist and Director of Clinical Research of the Urology Unit at Alfred Health, overseeing multiple currently recruiting clinical trials.  He will be giving a public lecture on the latest research and treatments, 5.30pm (Drinks & Canapés) 6.00 pm (Lecture) Thursday 26th April at the Alfred Medical Research and Education Centre.  All welcome.

RSVP link

Event description: https://www.monash.edu/medicine/ccs/headlines/events-calendar/2018-surgery-public-lecture

Posted in Andrology Australia, Community health, Health promotion, Men's health, Men's health events, Research and Evaluation, Training and Education |

Andrology Australia congratulates Professor David Handelsman, a recipient of the Officer (AO)

Andrology Australia congratulates Professor David Handelsman, a recipient of the Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2018 Australia Day Honours. David was cited for his “distinguished service to medicine, particularly to reproductive endocrinology and andrology, as a clinician, author and researcher, to the science of doping in sport, and to medical education.” David has been a member of the Andrology Australia Advisory Board and several of our specialised reference groups since 2000.

Posted in Uncategorized |

Participants required – Clinical study about non-prescribed androgens

The Andrology Department at Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney is recruiting for a study looking at reproductive and cardiac (heart) health of men using non-prescribed androgens – “anabolic steroids’

There are few good studies measuring the impact of androgen abuse on heart structure and function, and whether these effects are reversible once you stop taking the steroids. This study aims to answer some of these questions.

The study needs men between 18 and 50 years of age, exercising regularly (at least 3 times/week) and current or past users of non-prescribed androgens. Participants must be able to travel to Concord Hospital in Sydney.

You will need to come to the hospital for either a single visit over 4 hours or two visits of 2 hours each. At the visit serum and urine hormones will be measured as well as biochemistry, semen analysis, testicular ultrasound, body composition scans, ECG, ECHO and CT calcium scores.

The study is cost-free and you may be given the Hospital lab test results. However, there is no payment for participating.

If you are interested in finding our more about the study, please contact the Concord Hospital Andrology Department on (02) 9767 7222 or email androgens.study@anzac.edu.au. Otherwise you can put your details into the form at https://goo.gl/forms/P7uipDaan5NgBfMn2 and the study coordinator will contact you.

Posted in Andrology Australia, Clinical management, Community health, Knowledge exchange, Research and Evaluation |

Men’s views of prostate cancer diagnosis and care

Data from the Victorian Prostate Cancer Registry showed differences in care and poorer rates of survival for men diagnosed with prostate cancer in one Victorian regional area compared with men in metropolitan Melbourne.

To gain an understanding of the reasons behind these regional differences, the experiences and perceptions of men with prostate cancer have been explored in a qualitative study recently published in BMC Cancer.

Comparisons between responses of men from regional and metropolitan areas related mostly to the more limited supportive care available in regional areas. From a more general perspective, it was evident that every aspect of prostate cancer care would benefit from attention, from making efforts to publicise the need for men to check prostate health, to treatment, and supporting men in the years after treatment.

Read more in our journal article reviews.

Posted in Knowledge exchange, Prostate cancer, Research and Evaluation |

It’s Fertility Week!

Fertility Week (15-21 October) is a good time to think about improving your chances of having a baby.

This year Fertility Week fights chemicals in the home that may reduce your chances of becoming pregnant and having a healthy baby.

A particular group of chemicals called endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can reduce sperm and egg quality and the chance of becoming pregnant. These chemicals can be found in products we use every day around the house.

See the Fertility Week webpage and other important fertility information from Your Fertility to find out more about how you can reduce your exposure to EDCs and increase your chances of pregnancy.

Your Fertility is brought to you by the Fertility Coalition: the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), Andrology Australia, Jean Hailes Research Unit and The Robinson Research Institute.

Posted in Fertility, Health promotion |
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