Planning for and having a child are life-changing events. And while the health system importantly concentrates on mothers and babies, how well does it cater for men’s health needs at this time? And what can be done to improve men’s involvement?
Healthy Male’s Plus Paternal Project is hoping to answer these questions and many more as it examines the man’s journey to fatherhood. It will also explore the practice and views of health professionals who provide services in any point of the pathway from pre-conception to the end of the first year of a child’s life.
Healthy Male is conducting two national surveys.
- Men’s lived-experience survey – This survey is for men who have fathered or tried to father a child in the last five years. The questions will ask about men’s experiences of the health system, whether their health needs were discussed and/or addressed and whether they felt supported on their journeys to fatherhood.
- Health professional survey – This survey is for health professionals from general practice, fertility support, midwifery, obstetrics and gynaecology services. The questions will explore current practice, systems and processes for engaging men and the barriers and enablers to creating a truly father-inclusive health system.
Take part in the online survey to have your say. The surveys will be available online until 24 Feb 2020.
For more information and to access the survey: go to healthymale.org.au/plus-paternal