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Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health

and Regional Services Delivery


11 December 2009 


Australian men are too often reluctant to do the simple things that are necessary to protect

themselves from avoidable health problems, the Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and

Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery, Warren Snowdon, said today.

Mr Snowdon was opening the inaugural ‘Have a Crack’ Day, an event organised by Andrology

Australia to focus attention on and raise funds for men’s health issues.

The event brought together about 160 individuals from businesses, organisations and the public

who had paid or were sponsored to compete in teams of 10 in a modified Super 8s-format

cricket carnival held at Trinity Grammar's Sporting Fields in Bulleen, Victoria. 

Each team was led by a renowned cricketer or sporting legend who were encouraged to take part

by Merv Hughes, Ambassador for Andrology Australia, the organisation established through

Australian Government funding in 1999 to better educate the community and health

professionals about male reproductive health disorders.

Mr Snowdon said that often Australian men paid too little attention to their own health,

neglecting the need for regular checkups.

“However, sport is a great way to get men involved and interested in men’s health,” he said.

“It is wonderful to see so many Australian sporting legends here today. The involvement of

these role models will help the wider community realise how important it is for men to make

their health a priority.”

Mr Snowdon pointed out that the Australian Government has been very supportive of moves to

improve the health and wellbeing of Australian men.

“We made an election commitment to develop Australia’s first ever National Men’s Health Policy

in consultation with the community, state and territory governments and interested groups.  

“The policy is intended to take a ‘back to basics’ approach to improve the health and wellbeing of

Australian men, with particular attention paid to men with the poorest health outcomes, especially

groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders,” he said.

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In developing the policy so far, the Government has appointed several high profile men’s health

ambassadors, released a resource kit on men’s health issues, held a National Men’s Health

Roundtable in Canberra and conducted a series of 26 National Men’s Health Policy Consultation

Forums in both regional and metropolitan areas to help raise awareness about men’s health and to

receive input to the policy.

Mr Snowdon also took advantage of his attendance at the ‘Have a Crack’ Day to shave off his

treasured moustache which he had been growing for 40 years. 

He undertook to remove the mo as part of the Movember campaign, the annual, month-long

celebration of the moustache, highlighting men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and

depression. Mr Snowdon raised more than $8000 for the campaign. 

“The Government has a strong interest in the issues highlighted by the Movember campaign,”

Mr Snowdon said. 

“We have improved diagnosis and treatment options for men living with prostate cancer,

spending about $10.9 million in 2009 on 46 prostate cancer research grants through the National

Health and Medical Research Council. 

“And by the end of 2010 we will have contributed $66.2 million to beyondblue to help raise

community awareness and reduce stigma associated with depression.”

EDITORS:  PLEASE NOTE – Photographs of Mr Snowdon shaving off his moustache will be

available from:

It is expected these will be online after mid to late afternoon.

Media contact: Alice Plate 0400 045 999

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