Speaking out on GBT men's health: a critique of the Australian government's Men's Health Policy

Shaun Filiault, Murray Drummond, Damien Riggs

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    Abstract

    Gay, bisexual and transgender (GBT) men in Western cultures experience a number of poor health outcomes related to mental health, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), drug use and other health-related issues. These concerns are largely related to GBT men's stigmatised location in Western cultures. The Australian Government's recent Men's Health Policy document overlooks the special health concerns of GBT men, despite including discussions of the health concerns of numerous other groups of minority men. This oversight is demonstrative of heteronormative attitudes that are endemic to contemporary medicine in Australia and serve to perpetuate the cultural silence that exists with regard to gay men's health. Improved education regarding GBT health, the production of GBT-specific health communications and changed cultural practices with regard to GBT men are suggested as avenues by which to improve the health of GBT men. The Australian Government is urged to re-consider this oversight in future drafts of this document.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)158-161
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Men's Health
    Volume6
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

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