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About the study


What is Ten to Men?
Ten to Men, also known as the Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health, is a national research initiative aimed at filling the gaps in knowledge about why males in general have poorer health outcomes than females, and why certain groups of males have poorer health than males in general. The knowledge gained in the study will be used to improve programs and policies for male health in Australia. Ten to Men is the first study of its kind in Australia.

In 2013/14 Ten to Men collected health and lifestyle information from over 15,000 men and boys across the country via surveys and interviews in ‘Wave 1’ of the study. The study is ‘longitudinal’ - meaning that we will return to participants every few years for an update so we can understand how changing life stages and circumstances might affect health and wellbeing over time.

The study is being conducted by researchers at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

The first two waves of the study were approved by the University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee. From 2018, the study will be overseen by the Australian Institute of Family Studies Human Research Ethics Committee.


What information was collected?
Ten to Men takes a comprehensive approach to understanding male health throughout life. Some aspects of health and wellbeing studied include:

  • Physical and emotional health

  • Health service use

  • Health behaviours, risk and protective factors

  • Personal and family situation

  • Life stages and life events

  • Social and environmental factors.

All of these factors, and more, are involved in living a long and healthy life and we are interested in discovering how they work together to influence the choices made and options available to Australian men and boys.


Who are the participants?
In Wave 1, males aged between the ages of 10 and 55 years from randomly selected metropolitan, regional and rural areas across the country were invited to join the study. Areas were randomly chosen to ensure that the study includes men and boys with a broad range of backgrounds and life experiences.

Regional areas had a higher weight in the selection process to enhance the number of males from regional areas in the sample. Just under 16,000 men and boys joined the study. All Australian states and territories are represented in this study.