The Men in Australia Telephone Survey (MATeS) — lessons for all

David M de Kretser, Megan Cock and Carol Holden
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00633.x
Published online: 16 October 2006

Dispelling the belief that men are not interested in their health

Despite the well known shorter life span of men compared with women,1 strategies to raise awareness of the burden of disease in men — such as social population health approaches2 — have only recently emerged. While men’s increased risk of disorders such as atherosclerotic vascular disease is well known, there has been little focus on male reproductive health — the emerging specialty of andrology. In particular, the prevalence of disorders such as prostate disease, lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), erectile dysfunction, androgen deficiency and male infertility have been poorly defined.

  • David M de Kretser1
  • Megan Cock2
  • Carol Holden3

  • Andrology Australia, Monash Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, VIC.


Professors Rob McLachlan, Robert Cumming, Gary Wittert, Marian Pitts and David Handelsman (members of the Andrology Australia Longitudinal Study group) all contributed to the design, implementation and analysis of the Men in Australia Telephone Survey (MATeS). Their input is gratefully acknowledged.


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