About the study

Ten to Men: The Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health is a study designed to help improve the health and wellbeing of men and boys. Ten to Men is a longitudinal study, which means we aim to survey the same group of males every few years. It began in 2013, and is intended to inform the National Male Health Policy which provides findings about male health outcomes to improve programs, services and policies for all Australian men and boys.

The name Ten to Men refers to the age range of the men and boys in the study – from 10 years old to adult men. It is the intention of the study to follow participants over time, as they transition through the different stages of life. We are entering our third stage of the survey – Wave 3. 

Background to Ten to Men

Australian males have poorer health than Australian females, shorter life expectancies and experience more health problems. They also have higher rates of alcohol use and smoking and are less likely to visit health professionals. An even greater health gap exists for males in regional and remote communities, as well as for males in Indigenous communities. 

In 2010, the Australian Government released the National Male Health Policy to address the special health needs of Australian males. As part of that policy, Ten to Men: The Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health was started with funding provided by the Australian Government Department of Health. The study’s aim is to generate findings to inform government policy and program development in male health. 

In 2013–14 (Wave 1 of the study) Ten to Men collected health and lifestyle information from over 15,000 men and boys across the country via surveys and interviews. Study participants were randomly chosen to ensure a broad range of backgrounds and life experiences, and representation across all Australian states and territories. Wave 2 data were collected in 2015–16. The first two waves of the study were conducted by the University of Melbourne.

Wave 3 will be conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies

Survey topics

In Wave 3 the survey topics include a broad range of areas relating to male health. Some of the questions being asked in Wave 3 will be the same as those asked in previous surveys for longitudinal consistency, and some topics are new. The topics covered in the Wave 3 survey include:

  • Demographic and background information
  • Health conditions
  • Sleep
  • Disability
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Mental health
  • Sexual health
  • Risk-taking
  • Drugs, alcohol and smoking
  • Health Service use
  • Relationships and support

Who is conducting the research?

Previously Ten to Men was undertaken by the University of Melbourne. This year, the Australian Institute of Family Studies in collaboration with the Social Research Centre (SRC) and Ipsos Public Affairs (Ipsos) will conduct the third round of data collection - also known as Wave 3. Ten to Men is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

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Meet the Ten to Men study team.