The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) has received funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing’s Active Community Grant to develop this initiative together with the Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute (ECU HWI) (formerly Vario Health Institute) based at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia. The research project is based around an online community (MEHN) which aims to encourage men to adopt positive lifestyle changes, i.e. seek help from health professionals, increase physical activity levels, enjoy healthier diets and speak out about troubling issues.
Ultimately this research project will identify a new approach to assist in reducing the high proportion of male deaths that could be prevented by lifestyle changes (5 male deaths every hour). MEHN users will be able to take advantage of health and lifestyle information (health checks/exercise/nutrition/mental wellbeing) and downloadable resources (exercise programs/self organisation tools/health assessment and service log book) to prompt them to ‘Take Charge of Life’.
ECU HWI will be statistically analysing your usage of the site (pages accessed, posts on forums etc…). Additionally, the data you update in your community personal profile will be utilised to compare all users of the site and potentially against other research projects. The population we are targeting is men over 40 years of age. It is this population who is at significant increased risk of developing or already has serious health conditions.
If used effectively this website could help to point you in the right direction towards modifying your lifestyle providing you with increased health benefits that will go a long way towards helping live longer and improving your quality of life. The website and resources should also prompt you to proactively seek advice from allied health professionals.
Please be aware that the website Men’s eHealth Network is not a medical service. Men’s eHealth Network provides information and resources to prompt you to begin knowledgeable dialogue with allied health professionals in your region. Please check with your health care provider about your ability and need to perform the activities/assessments mentioned on this site.