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 |

Reminder that testicular cancer is a young man’s cancer

A recent news item about a young footballer diagnosed with testicular cancer is a reminder that this is the second most common cancer in men aged 18 to 39.

It’s a good idea for all young men to perform regular testicular self-examination so that any lumps or swelling in the testes can be checked out by a doctor. Most lumps will not be cancer but are more likely to be a less serious problem.

If testicular cancer is found, the good news is that it is very treatable and the cure rate is very high – 98%.

See the Andrology Australia website for more information about testicular cancer and testicular self-examination.

Posted in Adolescent and Young Adult Males, Health promotion, Testicular cancer |

Trial shows long-term mortality for localised prostate cancer is low even if not treated with surgery

A previous shorter follow-up of the PIVOT trial found no significant difference in mortality between men who underwent surgery for localised prostate cancer and those treated with observation only.

This finding was confirmed in a longer term follow-up (up to 20 years) of the trial, which also assessed non-fatal health outcomes.

The study was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that after almost 20 years follow-up, mortality amongst men with low-risk prostate cancer was low and not significantly different between those treated with surgery and those treated with observation only.

Patient-reported outcomes of urinary incontinence and erectile/sexual dysfunction were higher amongst those undergoing surgery after 10 years but other patient-reported outcomes were not different between groups in the longer term.

Read more in our journal article reviews.

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

Step into spring with the The Healthy Male newsletter!

The Healthy Male, Spring issue

Issue 64 of The Healthy Male newsletter is out now. Read about simple steps you can take to protect your fertility in the lead-up to Fertility Week 2017, plus a host of other features in the Spring edition.

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We are still seeking feedback from readers on our education and health promotion resources. Please go to our short online survey. It should take only 5-10 minutes!

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Posted in Andrology Australia, Newsletter, Uncategorized |

Andrology Australia announces a new CEO

Andrology Australia is very pleased to announce that a new Chief Executive Officer has recently been appointed to lead Andrology Australia.

Mr Simon von Saldern comes to us with a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to lead the project over the coming years. Before coming to Andrology Australia Simon was General Manager Development & Business Services at MOVE muscle, bone & joint health (formerly Arthritis & Osteoporosis Victoria).

At MOVE, Simon was instrumental in the successful transition of the organisation to a new structure and brand to better reflect the needs of people with arthritis and osteoporosis.

This experience and Simon’s previous roles in community and not-for-profit organisations will be invaluable for leading Andrology Australia into the future as we embrace new challenges and a changing health environment.

Look out for a feature from Simon on his vision for Andrology Australia in the Summer edition of our newsletter The Healthy Male.

Posted in Andrology Australia |

The Healthy Male Winter edition available now!

The Healthy Male, Winter issue

Issue 63 of The Healthy Male newsletter is out now. Read about the future for men’s health in Australia plus a host of other features in the Winter edition.

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We are seeking feedback from readers on our education and health promotion resources. Please go to our short online survey. It should take only 5-10 minutes and your feedback will be very helpful for developing resources to better suit your needs.

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Posted in Andrology Australia, Newsletter |

Declining sperm counts in western men

The question of whether sperm counts have been declining over recent decades remains controversial.

Many studies of varying quality have been done in a wide variety of populations but none have provided a definitive answer.

Professor Rob McLachlan

A study published in Human Reproduction Update reports a meta-analysis of studies from around the world that have measured sperm count or sperm concentration over time, on semen samples collected between 1973 and 2011. The authors report a 50% decline in sperm counts over time in men from western countries.

According to Andrology Australia Director, Prof Rob McLachlan, although at first glance this decline seems alarming, it should be noted that “examining for trends in semen quality is extremely challenging as one needs to find a way of assessing whole populations (not just selected men) using consistent analytical procedures over decades.” Prof McLachlan goes on to say, “Ultimately the concern is that a fall in sperm output will be reflected in delays in natural conception rates. To date this has not been established.”

The study does not answer the question of the causes of declining sperm counts, such as increased rates of obesity and exposure to chemicals, most pronounced in western populations. Prof McLachlan made the observation that, “This meta-analysis will no doubt increase the debate about health and environmental impacts on male reproductive health.”

Read more in our journal article reviews.

Posted in Fertility, Men's health, Research and Evaluation |

How was your Men’s Health Week event?

Men’s Health Week 2017 (12-18 June) is over and it’s now time to reflect on your event.

We would love to hear your feedback on our 2017 Men’s Health Week themed resources. Please complete our short survey here.

Even though Men’s Health Week has passed, remember that any time is a good time to hold a men’s health event using our free resources.

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

The influence of early life on children’s lifetime health: a research study

Are you interested in how early life events may influence the lifelong health of children?

Researchers at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute are conducting a study exploring people’s views of the interaction between genes and environment, and about testing that may one day be able to determine health risks in childhood.

The researchers are looking for adult men and women to complete an online survey. If you are interested in participating, please go to the research web page for more information.

You can also contact Fiona Lynch at: fionalynch@mcri.edu.au for more information.

Posted in Knowledge exchange, Research and Evaluation |

Men’s Health Week 12-18 June 2017

Men’s Health Week 2017 is fast approaching! Order online or download and print resources for your Men’s Health Week event on our Men’s Health Week page.

This year we have two themes:
“If men can talk about match fitness” (of sportsmen)… Why is it sometimes hard to discuss their own health?

“If men can look after their families”… Why is it sometimes hard to look after their own health?

Both resources provide a wonderful opportunity for men to recognise the importance of their health and to visit the doctor for any health concerns.

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