View an introduction from the Director of Andrology Australia
What is andrology?
Andrology (an-drol’-uh-jee): The study of the functions and diseases specific to males, especially of the reproductive organs. The equivalent to gynaecology for women.
Andrology Australia (The Australian Centre of Excellence in Male Reproductive Health) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and is administered by Monash University.
Andrology Australia was established in 2000 at the Monash Institute of Medical Research (now the Hudson Institute), with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Since 2013, Andrology Australia has been based at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.
The Andrology Australia program is a unique ‘centre without walls’ that operates nationally and brings together health and education experts and organisations from across Australia to develop collaborative strategies to raise the awareness of male reproductive health disorders and their associations with chronic disease.
Andrology Australia (The Australian Centre of Excellence in Male Reproductive Health) will undertake a program of activities that will enhance the reproductive health of males through community and professional education programs and building the evidence-base and research capacity in male reproductive health.
Andrology Australia will undertake those measures that will enhance the reproductive health of males by:
- Build the evidence-base on preventive health, health promotion and education needs in male reproductive health and associated conditions;
- Provide evidence-based health information and best practice guidelines on male reproductive health disorders to the public and professional communities through knowledge translation and transfer activities targeted to a range of settings;
- Enhance current and future workforce capacity in male reproductive health through the development and dissemination of education and training programs for health professionals; and
- Develop collaborations and partnerships to maximise the use of financial resources to support the above objectives.
The targeted areas of male reproductive health currently include:
- Sexual dysfunction including erectile dysfunction
- Androgen use and abuse
- Male infertility
- Prostate disease including prostate cancer
- Testicular disorders including testicular cancer