Ecological Model of Australian Indigenous Men's Health

Am J Mens Health. 2016 Nov;10(6):NP63-NP70. doi: 10.1177/1557988315583086. Epub 2015 Apr 19.


This study was designed to examine the health behaviors as well as the enablers and barriers to health behaviors among Indigenous Australian men. One hundred and fifty Indigenous Australian men in rural, regional, and urban locations were interviewed about their health behaviors. The results revealed several themes of importance: (a) role of community activities, (b) the Indigenous man as a leader and role model, (c) negative impact of discrimination/racism, (d) importance of partner and family, (e) positive and negative role of peer relationships, (f) central role of culturally appropriate health care facilities, and (g) association between employment and health care problems. These findings highlight the importance of broad community-based (rather than individualistic) approaches to promoting health behavior in Indigenous men.

Keywords: Australia; Indigenous Australian men; health and well-being; health care disparities; men’s health; psychology; qualitative study.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health*
  • Australia
  • Family Relations
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Men's Health*
  • Mental Health / statistics & numerical data
  • Oceanic Ancestry Group / psychology*
  • Peer Group
  • Qualitative Research
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Self-Help Groups
  • Social Support*