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Andrology Australia talks prompt Lismore men
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                         Minister's foreword
                                                                                Features :
    It is with much pleasure that I am writing the foreword for
  Andrology Australia’s 2018 Annual Review. In 2018, I proposed                 - 05 - Building a leading organisation for
       the development of a new strategy for men’s health, the                         men’s health
     National Men’s Health Strategy 2020 -2030, to build on the
        National Male Health Policy released in 2010. Andrology                 - 05 - Spreading the message
   Australia led the research and development of the strategy,
 working in conjunction with experts from all sectors of health.                - 06 - From evidence to engagement
    The resultant strategy is one that will act as a blueprint to
   ensure every man and boy in Australia is supported to live a                 - 08 - “We’re not invincible”
                                long, healthy and fulfilling life.
                                                                                - 10 - Research &
Throughout the year, Andrology Australia continued to drive an evidence-               publications
based approach to men’s health with high-quality education and training
   programs for health professionals and the provision of information to
                           men on a range of reproductive health issues.        -12 - Advisors

     Andrology Australia’s campaign in Men’s Health Week based on the           -14 - Hormones and health
     theme “it’s healthy to talk” was particularly successful in engaging             Thinking about the bigger picture
    and encouraging men to have a conversation about their health and
                                     wellbeing with someone they trust.         -16 - Supporting Primary Healthcare
   With a collaborative model that brings together the very best people
        and organisations from across the country, it is easy to see why        -18 - Developing the workforce
Andrology Australia’s information is linked to and sought out by so many              in men’s health
                                                                                -20 - Ongoing education
Recognised internationally, Andrology Australia brings awareness to the
                                                                                      for health professionals
                                public about male reproductive health.

    We can all be proud of the achievements of Andrology Australia and it       -22 - Conferences and presentations
   is for this reason I congratulate the Board, staff and the high calibre of
            collaborators that are the essence of this quality organisation.    -24 - Engaging with the community

                 Congratulations on a highly successful 2018.                   -26 - From smoko breaks to GP visits

                                                                                -28 - Communicating with our audiences

                                                                                -30 - Who we work with

                                                                                -32 - Who we are

                                                                                -37 - Financial summary/expenditure

                                                                                                                              Health for
                                                    The Hon Greg Hunt MP
                                                      Minister for Health
                                                                                                                              the modern man
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Building a leading organisation
                                                                                                         for men’s health
                                                                                                         On behalf of the Advisory Board, I am pleased to present the Andrology
                                                                                                         Australia 2018 Annual Review. We are defined by how we respond in
                                                                                                         challenging times and Andrology Australia is proud to have hit the ground
                                                                                                         running in 2018 after a tumultuous few years of funding uncertainty.

                                                                                                         The Board has spent much time and           reproductive and sexual health. We are
                                                                                                         effort rebuilding and strengthening the     committed to supporting the developing
                                                                                                         organisation to secure its position as      men’s health sector to provide advice
                                                                                                         a leader in the male health sector for      and information to Australian men in a
                                                                                                         many years to come. Our vision is far       genuinely engaging manner.
                                                                                                         from simple; but in our mission to make
                                                                                                         it a reality, the promotion of health       On behalf of the Board, I thank the
                                                                                                         and wellbeing in all aspects of life for    Australian Government Department
                                                                                                         Australian men and boys is an absolute      of Health for its commitment to men’s
                                                                                                         priority. On the back of this, we are       health in Australia, our staff for their
                                                                                                         looking forward to delivering in 2019       dedication and hard work, and our many
                                                                                                         many of the exciting new initiatives that   talented partners, affiliates and advisors
                                                                                                         began in 2018.                              for their ongoing support.

                                                                                                         The Board and staff are focussed on
                                                                                                         a culture that has a foundation in an
                                                                                                         evidence-based approach to male
                                                                                 Mr David Crawford AO,

                                                                                                         Spreading the message
                                                                                                         This year, we focused on re-establishing ourselves as a respected authority
                                                                                                         on male reproductive and sexual health in Australia. I am proud of what
                                                                                                         we have achieved and we look to 2019 with renewed energy and focus.

                                                                                                         Key highlights :
                                                                                                         Men’s Health Week                           Our Information

                                                                                                         In June, we descended on Lismore in         Our dedicated team completed an
                                                                                                         NSW to promote the ‘It’s Healthy to         extensive review and refresh of our suite
                                                                                                         Talk’ campaign during Men’s Health          of fact sheets, information guides and
                                                                                                         Week. We reached one in ten local men       clinical summary guides. Over 41,000 men
                                                                                                         through a diverse range of grassroots       and health professionals across Australia
                                                                                                         health promotion activities and local       downloaded or ordered resources in 2018,
                                                                                                         collaborations. We also partnered with      highlighting yet again the pressing need
                                                                                                         the Australian Men’s Shed Association,      for information on men’s health.
                                                                                                         connecting with nearly 1000 Men’s Sheds
                                                                                                         to disseminate important men’s health       In addition to this, more than 1.3 million
                                                                                                         messages.                                   pages were viewed on the Andrology

OUR VISION    Our vision
                                                                                                                                                     Australia website.
                                                                                                         National Men’s Health Strategy
                                                                                                         2010-2020                                   The success of 2018 was made possible

                                                                                                                                                     by researchers, specialists, clinicians
              A healthier life for all men and boys.                                                     In the second half of 2018, we played       and experts from across Australia, our
                                                                                                         an integral role in the research            dedicated staff and the support of the
                                                                                                         and development of the Australian           Australian Government Department of
                                                                                                         Government Department of Health             Health.

              Our mission
                                                                                                         National Men’s Health Strategy 2020-2030.
                                                                                                         We collaborated with some of Australia’s    While there is still much work to be done
                                                                                                         finest health experts to undertake an       in men’s health, we are all the stronger for
                                                                                                         evidence review of the National Male        the many friends and partners that share
              Promote health and wellbeing in all aspects of life by promoting                           Health policy 2010, thus informing the      our vision for all men and boys to have a
              an evidence based approach that encompasses andrology and                                  current strategy. The National Men’s        healthier life.
              associated chronic & related health issues                          Simon von Saldern,     Health Strategy 2020-2030 will be
                                                                                         CEO             launched in March 2019.

From evidence
to engagement
                                                                                                                  740 RESOURCE
                                                                                                                  provided free of charge
                                                                                                                  to health professionals,
                                                                                                                  clinics and organisations
                                                                                                                  (52%), events (35%), and
                                                                                                                  individuals (13%)

Our suite of resources
We maintain a suite of over 53      THE KNOWLEDGE                                                                 7,612 CLINICAL
evidence-based information
resources, including:
                                    TRANSLATION EFFORT                                                            SUMMARY GUIDES
                                                                                                                  requested by health
• 3 5 fact sheets on male                                                                                        professionals
   reproductive and sexual          Making sense of scientific evidence through a range of formats ensures that
   health conditions                a broader audience has access to high-quality and unbiased information.
• 5 information guides on          Knowledge translation is essentially the art of translating research into
   Erectile Dysfunction, Prostate   actionable information accessible to those most affected.
   Enlargement, Male Infertility,
   Androgen Deficiency and          Knowledge translation underpins all of our activities. We examine the
   Testicular Cancer                scientific evidence about men’s health and bring it to a broader audience     9,697
                                    through a range of online and print communication channels. In this way we
• 13 clinical summary guides
                                    ensure that Australians have access to high quality, current and unbiased     FACT SHEETS
    for health professionals
                                    information.                                                                  downloaded from
• 3 accredited online                                                                                            the website
   education modules for health     All of our resources are developed through an extensive process of
   professionals                    analysis, development, expert review and editing. Our Scientific and
                                    Clinical committee (see page 36) and our advisors comprise experts from
Resource highlights
                                    endocrinology, urology and primary health (see page 12). They contribute
what we achieved                    their time and expertise free of charge to review and update existing         Information guides on
in 2018                             resources and support the development of new resources.                       erectile dysfunction, male
• R
   eviewed almost three                                                                                          infertility, androgen deficiency,
  quarters of our fact sheets
                                    We also partner with other health information providers to ensure their
                                    men’s health information is evidence-based and current.                       testicular cancer and prostate
• R
   eviewed our entire range                                                                                      enlargement requested by
  of clinical summary guides        Our information and educational resources continue to remain current and
                                                                                                                  health professionals, clinics and
                                    evidence-based, unbiased and reflect best practice due to the generous pro
• P
   roduced a new fact sheet,                                                                                     individuals
                                    bono assistance we receive from medical specialists, general practitioners,
  ‘Sperm Health & Having a
  Family’                           and allied health professionals from around Australia.
• R
   eleased updated editions of
  our Erectile Dysfunction and                                                                                    HARD COPY
  Testicular Cancer guides, and
  the ‘Your Sperm and How to
  Look After Them’ booklet                                                                                        6,003
                                    "As a urologist, I use many of the Andrology Australia
• U
   pdated the full series of
                                    booklets on a regular basis for patient education and
  clinical summary guides
                                    to supplement the consultation discussions."

                                                                   - DAVID ELDER, UROLOGIST (ADELAIDE, SA)

We’re not
              Greg Smith, Founder of Men Care Too,                              I’ve been using Andrology Australia resources at our social
                                                                                functions and at events like Men’s Health Week. What I like
              takes the lid off some of the health                              about them is that they are focused specifically on men, and

                                                                                are written in a language that blokes can understand and
              issues that affect the 1.2million men                             can relate to.
              around Australia who provide unpaid
              care or support to someone with
              an illness or disability*. Andrology
              Australia supports his work by
              providing resources and information to
              help men look after their own health.

              Many carers don’t see themselves as carers. I’ve been in a
              caring role for twenty years, but I only recognised myself as
              a carer around ten years ago. There can be a bit of stigma for
              men and they typically don’t know what services or supports
              are around.                                                       The GP question checklist is particularly useful. We handed
                                                                                them out to blokes in Men’s Sheds during Men’s Health Week.
              Another big issue is not knowing how to talk about the            Some of these blokes might not have been to the GP for a
              caring role with mates. A lot of carers with a partner or child   while, or don’t believe they need to go to the GP. Looking
              with a disability or illness need to keep working to keep their   at the list might help them think, “Maybe I should go to
              income coming in. Say a guy is in the construction industry       my doctor and ask about some of these things”. The fold
              and he has an autistic child, it can be hard to talk about some   out contact list that you can put in your pocket is perfect
              of the challenges he faces. He might not have the right words     because guys can keep it with them.
              or the confidence to say what he needs to say.
                                                                                I package the resources into brown paper bags. I call them
              Often you are so focused on caring for your loved one that        ‘’blokes’ bags’’ and hand it to men and women who come to
              you put your own needs to the side. Many times you lose           events. Women can help put the information in front of guys.
              connections with your community. At Men Care Too, we              I tell them to hang onto the bags because they never know
              organise social occasions for carers and former carers so         when they’re going to need numbers to call.
              that they can meet others who are in the same situation. For
              example, recently we organised a get together down at the         Service providers and health care professionals need to
              Sydney Cricket Ground. Often, we have a bit of an icebreaker      think outside the box when it comes to engaging with men
              first, then we do an activity, then we move onto the food – and   and carers. It might be that they provide clinics outside
              that’s where we start having more meaningful conversations.       of working hours, or offer quick basic health checks in
                                                                                workplaces, at sporting events and at hardware stores. Many
                                                                                carers might not make an appointment to see their GP during
                                                                                working hours. Services need to gauge where men are at and
                                                                                provide more male-friendly services. I also think GPs should
                                                                                be supported and resourced to play a key role in identifying
                                                                                and supporting carers. They can help carers put the time and
                                                                                effort into their own wellbeing.

                                                                                My message to men is, ‘’We’re not invincible’’. We need to be
                                                                                more mindful of our bodies, particularly as we age. Like a car,
                                                                                our bodies get wear and tear and so it’s important to look
                                                                                after them. There’s no need to be embarrassed or put things
                                                                                off. We need to be proactive and not delay getting help. This is
                                                                                particularly important for men in a caring role – if you’re not
                                                                                well yourself, you can’t properly look after the people you love.

              We get the message out about our activities by connecting
              with Men’s Sheds and other organisations who help promote
              the work we do. Men Care Too helps men in the central coast
              of NSW, but the issues are the same for men across Australia.
              As carers, we need more opportunities for social connection
              and we need more information about how to look after our
              own health.

                                                                                *2015 Survey of Ageing, Disability and Carers Australia
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Not only do we review the evidence base, we also directly contribute
     by undertaking original research, publishing best practice reports and
     presenting at professional conferences.

     To help people access new research we publish monthly research reviews to
     our website and contribute quarterly articles to the Australian Doctor Group
     websites. Written by our Advisors, they provide timely research updates for
     health professionals, as well as easily digestible summaries of current and
     relevant research to an increasingly well-informed general public.

      Coaching to support men in making                  Testosterone therapy to prevent type
      informed choices about prostate                    2 diabetes mellitus in at-risk men
      cancer screening: A qualitative study              (T4DM): Design and implementation of
      Patient Education and Counselling Volume: 101      a double-blind randomized controlled
      Ilic, D., Murphy, K., Collins, V. and Holden, C.   trial
      May 2018                                           Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism

                                                         Wittert, G., Atlantis, E., Allan, C., Bracken, K.,
                                                         Conway, A., Daniel, M., Gebski, V., Grossman, M.,
                                                         Hague, W., Handelsman, D. J., Inder, W., Jenkins, A.,
      Cutting through the confusion around               Keech, A., McLachlan, R., Robledo, K., Stuckey, B.
      changes to PSA testing                             and Yeap, B. B.
      How to Treat – Australian Doctor Group             December 2018
      Vela, I.
      30 May 2018
                                                         GP survey on attitudes and behaviour
                                                         related to men’s preconception health
      Why men need to exercise more                      Kirsten Hogg PhD
                                                         (in collaboration with Your Fertility)
      Medical Observer – Australian Doctor Group
                                                         Study conducted and finished in 2018.
      Smith, B.
                                                         To be published in 2019.
      30 July 2018

                                                         Communications Framework
      Treating chronic testis pain                       Report 2018
      How to Treat – Australian Doctor Group
                                                         Dr Nicolette Hodyll PhD
      Chung, E.
                                                         Study conducted and finished in 2018.
      4 October 2018                                     To be published in 2019.

      How to juggle testosterone therapy
      when supply is short
      How to Treat – Australian Doctor Group
      Watts, A.
      27 November 2018

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        Our panel of Advisors provide guidance on the key      Associate Professor Carolyn Allan   Associate Professor Roger Cook   Professor Dragan Ilic              Associate Professor Peter Royce
           issues relating to community and professional       >> Endocrinologist                  >> Psychologist                  >> Medical Education Researcher    >> Urologist
       education, information development and research.
            They ensure the information provided reflects
       current best practice approaches and is supported       Professor John Aitken               Professor David de Kretser AC    Dr Phillip Katelaris               Mr Graeme Southwick OAM
                                 by good quality evidence.     >> Reproductive Biologist           >> Endocrinologist               >> Urologist                       >> Plastic Surgeon
     We would like to acknowledge and thank our Advisors
           for their on-going support and contributions in
                                                               Dr Emma Beardsley                   Professor Peter Ebeling          Dr Darren Katz                     Professor Gary Wittert
        2018, whether they review information or support
       us in their community, their invaluable services are    >> Medical Oncologist               >> Endocrinologist               >> Urologist                       >> Endocrinologist
                                a large part of our success.

                                                               Dr Andrew Beveridge                 Mr David Elder                   Mr Adam Landau                     Dr Ie-Wen Sim
                                                               >> General Practitioner             >> Urologist                     >> Urologist                       >> Endocrinologist

                                                               Dr Gideon Blecher                   Professor Mark Frydenberg        Associate Professor Doug Lording   Professor James Smith
                                                               >> Urologist                        >> Urologist                     >> Endocrinologist                 >> Men’s and Indigenous Health

                                                               Associate Professor Nick Brook      Professor Frank Gardiner         Dr Michael Lowy
                                                               >> Urologist                        >> Urologist                     >> Sexual Health Physician         Dr Ian Vela
                                                                                                                                                                       >> Urologist

                                                               Dr Geoff Broomhall                  Dr Michael Gillman               Professor Marita McCabe
                                                               >> General Practitioner             >> General Practitioner          >> Health and Ageing Researcher    Dr Anna Watts
                                                                                                                                                                       >> Endocrinologist

                                                               Dr Peter Burke                      Dr Mathis Grossman               Professor Robert McLachlan AM
                                                               >> General Practitioner             >> Endocrinologist               (Andrology Australia Medical       Associate Professor
                                                                                                                                    Director)                          Sanjiva Wijesinha
                                                                                                                                    >> Endocrinologist                 >> General Practitioner
                                                               Professor Suzanne Chambers          Associate Professor Jeremy
                                                               >> Health Psychologist – Oncology   Grummet
                                                                                                   >> Urologist                     Dr Anthony Morrow                  Dr Addie Wootten
                                                                                                                                    >> Consultant Endocrinologist      >> Clinical Psychologist
                                                               Associate Professor Eric Chung
                                                               >> Urologist                        Professor David Handelsman AO
                                                                                                   >> Endocrinologist               Professor Moira O’Bryan
                                                                                                                                    >> Reproductive Biologist
                                                               Professor Judith Clements
                                                               >> Prostate Cancer Researcher       Professor John Hutson AO
                                                                                                   >> Paediatric Surgeon            Emeritus Professor Doreen
                                                               Professor Ann Conway                                                 >> Sexual Health Researcher
                                                               >> Endocrinologist

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Hormones                                       My clinical practice and                           whereas testicular examinations aren’t that
                                                                                                       routinely done. Conditions like Klinefelter

     and health
                                                                                                       syndrome, which are easy to pick up, can thus
                                                    research focus on the                              go undiagnosed. Men can present at very late
                                                                                                       stage with progressed disease, and we see
                                                    broader health concerns                            complications like fractures that might have
                                                                                                       been avoided with earlier diagnosis.
                                                    of men as impacted by
                                                                                                       For GPs, there can be uncertainty around the
                                                    their hormones.                                    area of male hormone replacement. When
                                                                                                       men approach them requesting testosterone
                                                    When I first started practicing as a consultant    treatment, they need to be able to advise
                                                    at Austin Health in 2006, we didn’t have           them about the pros and cons. The studies

         – Thinking
                                                    any specific andrology services. Since then,       in this area have been small to date, and not
                                                    we’ve built up a dedicated men’s health            always conclusive. I’m pleased to be involved
                                                    clinic, where we now see some thirty to            in a larger study for which we are currently
                                                    fifty men each week. We are interested in all

         about the
                                                                                                       recruiting, called the T4DM. This will look into
                                                    areas of androgen deficiency from organic          whether testosterone treatment combined
                                                    hypogonadism, to age-related decline in            with lifestyle change can prevent type 2
                                                    testosterone, to prostate cancer.                  diabetes in men.

         bigger picture                             My research focuses on the areas of age-
                                                    related drop in testosterone and the health
                                                                                                       I believe one challenge in the men’s health
                                                                                                       area is getting men to see a GP from a
                                                    outcomes on conditions like diabetes, on bone      prophylactic point of view. They need to
                                                    health and in weight management. I’m also          be encouraged to have regular testicular
         Mathis Grossmann is a Professor of         looking at the effect of androgen deprivation      examinations. Men also need education
                                                    on the prostate. Recently for example, I’ve        on how they can control their weight and
         Medicine at The University of Melbourne,   been involved in studies on the effects of         manage cholesterol and blood sugar, which
         a Consultant Endocrinologist with the      testosterone treatment in dieting obese            in turn can affect testosterone levels. For men
                                                    men, and on the bone health of patients with       with prostate cancer, who are living for longer
         Department of Endocrinology at Austin      prostate cancer who are receiving androgen         periods of time, it’s also important that they
                                                    deprivation therapy.                               are getting regular general health checks
         Health and an Andrology Australia                                                             to ensure better quality of life. These are all
         Advisor. He outlines how hormones          Testosterone regulates tissues such                important issues that have bigger health
                                                    as muscles, bones and fat. With men’s              implications for men, and more broadly, affect
         affect men’s health more broadly, and      testosterone declining up to 40% over              our health system as our population ages.
                                                    their lifetime, its effect on bone fractures,
         the role that organisations such as        cardiovascular health and diabetes is of
         Andrology Australia play in encouraging    interest and has broader health and economic
                                                    burden implications.
         men to get help early.
                                                    As an advisor to Andrology Australia, I’ve
                                                    been regularly approached to comment
                                                    on particular issues around my areas of             Mathis Grossmann
                                                    expertise. In 2018, I presented 'Cardiovascular     Professor of Medicine at
                                                    risk and testosterone: Fact vs. fiction' at GP      The University of Melbourne
                                                    HealthEd conferences in Melbourne, Adelaide
                                                    and Sydney. It was great to be able to reach
                                                    such a huge audience, and the feedback has
                                                    been favourable.

                                                    I think it’s important for organisations such as
                                                    Andrology Australia to raise awareness around
                                                    men’s health issues. Commonly, men avoid
                                                    seeing the doctor, and often see their body
                                                    as a machine that will keep working – they
                                                    don’t need to fix it. Women for example might
14                                                  get a regular pelvic examination by their GP,                                                     15
Supporting                                                                                                  “Very useful resources and learning
                                                                                                            activities! Improves my clinical

                                                                                                            knowledge and confidence in
                                                                                                            managing patients’ health and
                                                                                                            (works) towards better outcomes.”

                                                                                                            “This was an excellent ALM!
                                                                                                            Fantastic for a new female GP who
                                                                                                            does not see many older men, and
                                                                                                            particularly not about their sexual
                                                                                                            health issues. I am now much more
                                                                                                            confident in my knowledge and
The future of men’s health                                                                                  ability to explore and manage all
                                                                                                            conditions discussed.”
We’ve been passionate about supporting men’s health since our inception
in 2001. Our vision of ‘a healthier life for all men and boys’ is backed by
our commitment to increasing reproductive and sexual health knowledge
for patients and their families. Using a broad range of strategies, we’ve
disseminated the most current evidence-based information and resources
in a multitude of accessible formats.

 Professional education is an Andrology Australia      Our commitment to sharing evidence-based
 strategic keystone. As public interest in men’s       information to ensure a robust health sector for
 health increases, healthcare services and             men and boys was also evident through our input
 professionals need the knowledge and skills           into Medical Benefit Scheme reviews, and the
 to meet men’s information needs. Our training         authoring of specific health strategies on issues
 modules for GP’s, Health Educators, and Practice      that affect men and boys.
 Nurses work to support this.
                                                       I would like to take this opportunity to thank our
 In 2018 we were pleased to see a year-on-             expert advisors who invest their valuable time
 year increase of 41% in health professionals          and expertise so that we can continue to improve
 completing our training modules, with excellent       men’s health both now and in the future.
 feedback from a range of GPs, specialists
 and nurses. Over 90% of participants stated that
 their learning needs had been ‘entirely met’
 and 71% committed to reviewing their current
 clinical practice.

 In addition to health professional training, we
 presented a range of men’s health topics at
 25 conferences across Australia. In this way,
 we directly engaged with over 3,500 health
 professionals, most of whom were GPs.

 As part of our commitment ensuring Australian
 men have evidence-based, easy-to-understand
 information, we have a suite of over 53 digital and
 hard copy resources. With the help of our expert
 advisors, we reviewed nearly the entirety of our
 resources, from fact sheets to clinical summary
 guides, and produced a new fact sheet, ‘Sperm           Professor Robert McLachlan AM
 Health & Having a Family’.                              Andrology Australia
                                                         Medical Director

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                      IN MEN’S HEALTH
          As a part of our role to develop the medical workforce in men’s health, we support two

       Endocrinologists each year to undertake comprehensive training in male reproductive health.
      Trainees undertake a research project and reviews in andrology, and gain valuable exposure to
     leading endocrinologists, clinical research and practice in male reproductive health. In turn, they
     support us by presenting on our behalf at professional conferences, assisting in the review of our
                   resource suite, and contributing articles to professional publications.
              Our 2018 Endocrinologists were Dr Anna Watts and Dr Nandini Shankara Narayana.

                         I first became interested in reproductive            Along with the opportunities given to me                           I did my undergraduate medical training in India     international meetings, which I might not have
                         endocrinology when I heard a lecture in              through the training, I’ve been able to give                       and junior medical officer training in the U.K.,     otherwise had.
                         2012 by Endocrinologist Associate Professor          back. In 2018, I presented at the Melbourne                        before moving to Australia where I attained
                                                                                                                                                                                                      I’ve been involved with Andrology Australia since
                         Carolyn Allan. She was so passionate and             GPCE on testosterone treatment in ageing                           the F.R.A.C.P, specialising in endocrinology. I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                                      starting my PhD in 2016. The organisation is a
                         knowledgeable and I thought, ‘’That’s what I         males, where I spoke about androgen therapy,                       now completing myPhD at ANZAC Research
                                                                                                                                                                                                      fantastic resource for health care professionals
                         want to do!’’ Later, I heard Andrology Australia’s   and where we are with it now. People were very                     Institute at the University of Sydney under
                                                                                                                                                                                                      and patients. I use Andrology Australia
                         Medical Director, Professor Robert McLachlan         engaged and it gave a good indication of what                      the supervision of Professor Handelsman. My
                                                                                                                                                                                                      resources in my clinical practice, particularly
                         speak at a meeting in Sydney and that                GP’s concerns were, and where the gaps might          Dr Nandini   thesis work falls under the broader umbrella of
Dr Anna Watts                                                                                                                                                                                         the orchidometer, which is a simple instrument
                         confirmed it – I was hooked.                         be. They were wanting reassurance so as to be                      andrology and reproductive endocrinology.
                                                                              able take a strong clinical position on this issue.
                                                                                                                                    Shankara                                                          that can estimate the size of the testes. We took
                         As part of this traineeship, I had the opportunity                                                         Narayana     Reproductive endocrinology is a branch of            this to the GP conference, and they loved it as a
                                                                              In addition to the talks, I’ve also been involved
                         to do endocrinology clinical training under                                                                             medicine that explores the role of male and          tool. I have found the clinical summary guides
                                                                              in Andrology Australia research reviews and
                         Professor McLachlan’s supervision. It’s very                                                                            female hormones in reproduction. In women            and booklets very useful in day to day clinical
                                                                              prepared articles on testosterone replacement
                         rare to have opportunities to be able to                                                                                this involves hormones associated with puberty,      andrology practice.
                                                                              therapies for GPs.
                         look at reproductive endocrinology in all its                                                                           menstruation, pregnancy and menopause; in
                                                                                                                                                                                                      I’m glad to be able to contribute to Andrology
                         guises, including male and female infertility,       I’m very interested in working in andrology                        men it looks at puberty, testosterone and testes-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Australia authoring papers on their behalf, and
                         transgender medicine, and androgen                   down the track. This training opportunity                          related fertility issues in reproduction.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      to present at conferences such as the Sydney
                         deprivation therapy in prostate cancer               has given me invaluable exposure to other
                                                                                                                                                 During my PhD years, I’ve been involved              GPCE in 2018. There, I spoke on the physiology of
                         treatment. I sat with Professor McLachlan            clinicians working in the area, experience in
                                                                                                                                                 in various research projects, including co-          hypogonadism, its clinical features, and on when
                         in his private rooms and I can tell you that a       presenting and public speaking, and meeting
                                                                                                                                                 investigating the effect of non-prescribed           to treat, and when not to treat. My presentation
                         year of listening to his stories and anecdotes,      people working in public health and fertility.
                                                                                                                                                 testosterone use on male reproductive and            provided an overview with case examples. The
                         and learning from his extensive clinical and         It’s been amazing for me both personally
                                                                                                                                                 cardiac functions. Recently I’ve reported            talk was interactive and very well received.
                         research experience, has been invaluable. It’s       and professionally.
                                                                                                                                                 on sperm cryostorage in men undergoing
                         really opened my eyes up to how to assess                                                                                                                                    I have had patients asking me in my clinic
                                                                                                                                                 treatments such as chemo/radiotherapy that
                         a man who is presenting with infertility, or                                                                                                                                 as to how to examine their testes. We need
                                                                                                                                                 can impair fertility, feasibility of cryostorage
                         with hypogonadism and the corresponding                                                                                                                                      widely-available patient education on how to
                                                                                                                                                 especially in adolescents, and regional
                         treatment and monitoring options. Without                                                                                                                                    self-examine. Men aren’t usually forthcoming in
                                                                                                                                                 availability of this service in NSW. I have also
                         this sort of hands on training, I would unlikely                                                                                                                             asking for help. This is still a taboo area. There
                                                                                                                                                 reported on progesterone (a female hormone)
                         be exposed to such cases.                                                                                                                                                    needs to be more information out there in the
                                                                                                                                                 assay, a study comparing two laboratory assay
                                                                                                                                                                                                      public sphere about this issue.
                         As part of the training, I also had a chance to                                                                         methods. My other projects in progress include
                         spend a day at the Monash IVF embryology                                                                                in genetics of congenital hypogonadotrophic          I’m very excited about continuing my research
                         laboratory with embryologist, Sandra Holden.                                                                            hypogonadism, disorders of sexual                    in andrology areas, particularly genetics, as this
                         There I observed semen analysis and egg                                                                                 differentiation, safety of androgen use in women     area has been little explored. I would like also
                         collection, as well as embryo development and                                                                           and use of androgens in IVF.                         like to continue supporting Andrology Australia
                         transfer. My experiences over the past year                                                                                                                                  as well as grow my work in a clinical capacity. I
                                                                                                                                                 As part of the opportunity with Andrology
                         have really helped me explore the andrology                                                                                                                                  feel really at home in this space.
                                                                                                                                                 Australia, I was able to get a very ‘’real world’’
                         aspect of infertility for couples.
                                                                                                                                                 experience by observing practices of Professor
                         I’ve now completed my training in                                                                                       Handelsman, Dr. Ann Conway and Dr.Veena
                         endocrinology, and am working in a public                                                                               Jayadev. It’s also informed my PhD by supporting
                         outpatient clinic at Ballarat Hospital as well as                                                                       my research and helping me ground it in
                         at the Monash Health Gender Clinic.                                                                                     practice. It will give me the opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                 present to learned audiences at national and
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On going
                                                                                                                  When health professionals were surveyed
                                                                                                                  after completing our ALMS, we found that:

 for health professionals
        Professional education has always               Education
      been an integral part of our work. As
                                                        Currently, we provide three interactive online
    community awareness of men’s health                 Active Learning Modules (ALMs), accredited
 increases there may be a higher demand                 by the Royal Australian College of General
  for appropriate health services, and GPs              Practitioners (RACGP) and Australian College of   87% reported that    80% believed that     72% felt that their     71% committed         63% committed
  need to be equipped with the necessary                Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). These help       their learning      the content was       knowledge and         to reviewing their    to implementing
        skills to meet this demand. Our GP              health professionals to diagnose and manage        needs were met       relevant to their      skill level had       current clinical    the recommended
                                                        various male reproductive and sexual health                                 practice             increased               practice         changes in their
       education initiatives aim to change                                                                                                                                                             practice
     medical practice, leading to improved
 patient care in male reproductive health.              The ALMs offer a straightforward way for
                                                        healthcare professionals to complete learning
                                                        activities at their own convenience, which is
                                                        particularly valuable to rural and remote GPs
                                                        who may have difficulty accessing education
                                                        about these topics.                                       We also saw a year-on-year increase of 41%
                                                                                                                   in health professionals completing our
                                                                                                                              training modules.
     Course title          Course description           Course Type     RACGP             ACRRM
                                                                        QI&CPD Points     PDP Points

     Young Men's           Four case studies            Online ALM      40 Category       30 PRPD              “I am now much more aware that there is           “Excellent format. Well thought out case
     Health:               addressing male                                                points              a need for Men’s Health Promotion - even           scenarios. Good repetition to reinforce
                                                        (6 hours)                                             though some male community members                 key points with revision questions
     Reproductive          infertility, testicular
     health disorders in   cancer, Klinefelter's                                                              may be reluctant, my job is to encourage           scattered throughout cases. Well done!”
     young adult males     syndrome, premature                                                                them to start putting their health as an
                           ejaculation and                                                                    important part of their daily living.”             -
                                                                                                              -                                                  “Very helpful. Wish I had done this
                                                                                                                                                                 earlier in my training.”
     Older Men's           Three case studies           Online ALM      40 Category       30 PRPD             “An excellent ALM, I hope to see more
     Health:               addressing androgen          (6 hours)                         points              ALMs developed through Andrology                   -
     Reproductive          deficiency in the                                                                  Australia.”
     health disorders in   older male, erectile                                                                                                                  “These modules are terrific, very well
     middle-aged and       dysfunction, reproductive                                                          -                                                  set-out and clear, with realistic case
     older adult males     disorders and associated                                                                                                              scenarios and progression. Summaries
                           co-morbid disease and                                                              “Excellent learning activity, I will               for GPs are also a fantastic resource -
                           prostate disease.                                                                  recommend it to colleagues.”                       thank you!”

     Engaging              Provides knowledge,          Online ALM      40 Category       30 PRPD
                                                                                                              -                                                  -
     Aboriginal and        skills and communication     (6 hours)                         points              “Amazing free resource - this information          “This was an excellent course - I should
     Torres Strait         strategies to assist                                                               is essential to GP practice. Thank you for         have done this ages ago! Overall I felt
     Islander males in     GPs and other health                                                               providing such a learning opportunity!”            this activity extremely helpful to my
     different primary     professionals to better                                                                                                               practice.”
     health care           engage Aboriginal and
     settings              Torres Strait Islander men
                           in the primary health care

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     Invited Speaker                                  Endocrine Society of Australia (ESA)               HealthEd GP Education Day                      GPCE
     MSD Fertility Update                             Location: Adelaide, SA                             Location: Adelaide, SA                         Location: Melbourne, Vic
     Location: Brisbane, QLD                          Date: 19 August 2018                               Date: 15 September 2018                        Date: 9 – 11 November 2018
     Date: 1 March 2018                               Presentation: Senior plenary: planned paternity:   Presentation: Cardiovascular risk and          Presentation: Androgen therapy – where are
     Presentation: The other half of the equation –   Fatherhood when – and only when – desired          testosterone: Fact vs. fiction                 we now?
     Male factor fertility update
                                                      Endocrine Society of Australia (ESA)               HealthEd GP Education Day                      National Men’s Health Gathering (Australian
     8th Emirates Diabetes and Endocrine              Location: Adelaide, SA                             Location: Melbourne, Vic                       Men’s Health Forum)
     Congress                                         Date: 19 August 2018                               Date: 20 October 2018                          Location: Sydney, NSW
     Location: Dubai                                  Presentation: ESA Workshop: Male infertility:      Presentation: Cardiovascular risk and          Date: 12 – 14 November 2018
     Date: 3 March 2018                               Evaluation and management overview                 testosterone: Fact vs. fiction                 Presentation: How do men look after their
     Presentation: Practical guide on prescribing                                                                                                       health - successfully or not
     testosterone                                     Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB)             HealthEd GP Education Day
     Presentation: Testosterone: To treat or not to   Location: Adelaide, SA                             Location: Brisbane, QLD                        Corporate Presentation
     treat. Session 13: Endocrine                                                                                                                       Location:
                                                      Date: 20 August 2018                               Date: 27 October 2018
                                                      Presentation: Significant advances in male         Presentation: Cardiovascular risk and          Date: 30 November 2018
     Public Health Prevention Conference (Public      reproduction…an amazing 50 years                   testosterone: Fact vs. fiction                 Presentation: Testicular Cancer and Prostate
     Health Association of Australia)                                                                                                                   Cancer
     Location: Sydney, NSW
                                                      HealthEd GP Education Day                          National Testosterone Leadership Summit
     Date: 2 – 4 May 2018
                                                      Location: Sydney, NSW                              Location: Melbourne, Vic
     Presentation: Working in partnership: insights
                                                      Date: 25 August 2018                               Date: 28 October 2018
     from leading reproductive health organisations
                                                      Presentation: Cardiovascular risk and              Presentation: Endocrinology of Klinefelter’s
     Presentation: Coaching to support informed
                                                      testosterone: Fact vs. fiction                     syndrome
     choices about prostate cancer screening: a
     qualitative study
                                                      AVN National Nursing Forum                         ‘Threatened fertility in pre-pubertal males’
                                                      Location: Gold Coast, QLD                          (Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group
                                                                                                         education dinner)
     Location: Sydney, NSW                            Date: 28 August 2018
                                                                                                         Location: Brisbane, QLD
     Date: 18 – 20 May 2018                           Presentation: Sexual health and diabetes
                                                                                                         Date: 31 October 2018
     Presentation: Vasectomy in General Practice
                                                                                                         Presentation: Testicular development and
     Presentation: Androgen therapy – where are       myPHN Conference                                   management of related disorders
     we now?                                          Location: Mackay, QLD
     Presentation: Androgen therapy – where are       Date: 1 – 2 September 2018
     we now?                                                                                             HealthEd GP Education Day
                                                      Presentation: Ten myths and misconceptions in      Location: Perth, WA
                                                      male reproductive health
                                                                                                         Date: 3 November 2018
     Monash Health and Wellbeing
                                                                                                         Presentation: Cardiovascular risk and
     Location: Melbourne, Vic                         Scientists in Reproductive Technology SIRT         testosterone: Fact vs. fiction
     Date: June 2019                                  Location: Melbourne, Vic
     Presentation: Prostate cancer screening          Date: 8 September 2018
                                                      Presentation: Fertility outcomes for ICSI-
                                                      conceived males

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                      with the community                                                            7,500 MHW promotional
                                                                                                    e-newsletters sent

                                                                                                    543,000 people reached
     Our mission is to enhance the reproductive health of males across the entire country.          via social media
     While we try to reach Australian men through the mainstream and social media,
     when it comes to health there is often no substitute for talking with men in person.
                                                                                                    2,621 postcards sent to
                                                                                                    individuals, PHN's, local
     Men’s Health Week 2018                                                                         governments and libraries
     We have long supported International Men’s
     Health Week (MHW) and since 2005, using
     MHW as a driver for men’s health promotion
                                                                                                    850,000+ people reached
     and education across Australia.                                                                via 32 print and online
                                                                                                    news mentions and 2 ABC
     MHW aims to increase the awareness of
     men’s health and encourage Government                                                          radio interviews
     and institutions to develop health policies
     and services that meet men’s specific health
     needs. The week also provides us with an                                                       300+ people
     opportunity to support the organisations                                                       participated in live
     already servicing men’s health needs by
     providing our resources for events and                                                         ‘toolbox’ talks in Lismore
     presentations at a grassroots level.

     For MHW 2018, we developed a targeted                                                          42,000 MHW
     campaign for the NSW town of Lismore. The
     ‘whole of community’ approach allowed
                                                                                                    brochures distributed
     the campaign to reach one in ten Lismore
     men via a diverse range of local activities
     targeting workplaces, sporting events, gyms           “The promotional material was very       4,000 MHW
     and other public spaces.                               informative and the posters helped      posters displayed
     We also partnered with the Australian Men’s      create a visual display within the library.
     Shed Association to provide a targeted           The handouts were eye catching and well
     promotion to Men’s Sheds across Australia
                                                                                                    4,000 Commonwealth
                                                                received by the general public.”
     (nearly 1,000 Sheds), including a direct mail                                                  Department of Health staff
     out of men’s health information.                                                               received MHW messages
     Feedback from organisers of MHW activities          “The MHW resources helped spread a
     indicated that our resources were rated            message to men in my local community
     highly, with many organisers commending            and encourage healthy conversations -
                                                                                                    750 online downloads
     the resources for their quality and usefulness
                                                                                  Thank you!”       of MHW resource kits via
     in promoting men’s health messages.
                                                                                                    the Andrology Australia
                                                          “Good initiative for promoting men's
                                                                          health in GP setting.”

                                                      “The men appreciated them, stated there
                                                           is no information for them usually.”

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From smoko breaks
to GP visits
Andrology Australia talks prompt Lismore men to act on their health
Wayne Randell is the Production Manager at                You hear about these blokes that just drop dead on
Lismore’s Hurford Hardwood, where he manages              the spot. If I hadn’t gone to my doctor at the time that
over 40 staff and oversees product production.            I did, I might have been one of those blokes. While I’m
During Men's Health Week, Andrology Australia ran
men’s health talks at his workplace during workers’
                                                          now waiting on a heart operation, at least I’m still
                                                          walking, still living, still enjoying life.
                                                                                                                            ‘’If you’ve got a bit of a
‘smoko’ break. Along with other speakers, Wayne
shared his story about his health concerns. As a          When Andrology Australia came to speak to us over a               health issue, just get it
result of the talks, several of his co-workers visited    few smoko breaks, my boss asked me to be involved.
their GP and are being monitored for conditions that      I was happy to talk about my own experience and                  checked out so you can
might have been left untreated.                           encourage my co-workers to get help if they had a
                                                          problem. Andrology Australia talked to us about
                                                          the mechanisms for seeking help, and that it was
                                                                                                                           find out what’s causing
                                                          okay to get help – it didn’t make you any less manly.
                                                          We put posters around the site. It certainly made
                                                                                                                             it. That way you have
                                                          blokes more aware, and a few of them went and got
                                                          medical checks afterwards. And as it happened, they
                                                                                                                                  peace of mind.”
                                                          did have issues, and they had to have treatment for
                                                          them. Their wives had been nagging at them to go
                                                          to a doctor – but it took other blokes talking with
                                                          them for them to act. They’re on medication now, and
                                                          they’re still here, so that’s a win for us. If talks like this
                                                          prompt even one person to get help, it’s a winner for
                                                          everyone concerned.

                                                          We're pretty good at ignoring things, us men.
                                                          Women are better at getting to a doctor. Us
                                                          blokes have got a “She’ll be right mate’’ type of
During Men’s Health Week a few years ago, I was           attitude, thinking that what’s wrong will go away.
listening to radio promotions as I drove to work each     It’s especially true for men over 50. But what I’ve
morning, and on my way home. I’m not the sort of          realised through my experience is that we’re not
person who has major illnesses– maybe it’s all the        indestructible. You can’t be too careful with blood
beer I drink! – so I hadn’t been to a doctor for a fair   pressure and heart issues – sometimes there are
few years. But I’d had some health concerns for a long    no symptoms. It’s pretty hard to function without a
time. The promotion made me realise that what I was       heart – you can do without a finger or a toe, but you
experiencing wasn’t normal. By the end of that week       don’t want to mess with heart issues. It’s like a like
thought, ‘’It’s time I got myself checked out.”           taking the petrol tank out of the engine.

When I got to the doctor, it turned out I had blood       I have a pretty close relationship with my workers,
pressure, which I wasn’t aware of. After tests, I found   and I want to make sure that they’re healthy. Now I
out I also had heart issues.                              always tell them, ‘’If you’ve got a bit of a health issue,
                                                          just get it checked out so you can find out what’s
                                                          causing it. That way you have peace of mind.”
with our audiences
In 2011 we launched our social media presence with the aim of reaching wider
audiences with health awareness messages and to direct more users to the
quality, evidence-based resources on our website.

Since then, our social media presence has steadily increased in followership
with at least 50% of our audience on each platform being male.

There have been increasing levels of engagement with our newsletter, with a
total of 266,152 newsletters disseminated via post and email.

   W e b s i t e u s e s tat i s t i c s
                                                                               Over 220,000
   The website remains a popular source of                                     e-newsletters sent ,
   information and the year-on-year increase in                                with a 22.6% open rate
   users and page views highlights the importance of
   making evidence-based men’s health information                              Facebook content reached
   accessible online.                                                          over 20,200 people 61% male
   In 2018 we saw an increase in users to almost                               - 44% 25-35 years old
   830,000 (uplift of 13%), with the health condition
                                                                               Tweets reached over 92,000
   topic webpages viewed over 530,000 times.
                                                                               50% male
                                                                               YouTube videos viewed
                                                                               34,100 times
                                                                               - 73% male
                                                                               - 87% 18-24 years old
   We’re passionate about user experience                                      - Most viewed video
   and increasing health information accessibility.                              ‘What is Klinefelter’s syndrome?’
   Accordingly, we’re redeveloping our website to
   better reach men with clear and engaging messages.                          Vimeo videos viewed
                                                                               3,688 times
    OUR NEW WEBSITE WILL BE LAUNCHED IN 2019                                   46,152 print newsletters

Who we work with:

 COLLABORATIONS                                                                                                         REFERENCE
 AND PARTNERSHIPS                                                                                                       GROUPS
 Strategic partnerships are important for us to extend our reach and build on                                           Our reference groups provide valuable
 complementary work being done by other organisations. This approach avoids                                             feedback, helping guide and direct the
 duplication of effort and ensures the best quality information is made available to                                    development, implementation and
 health professionals and the public. Such partnerships enhance knowledge sharing                                       review of our programs and activities.
 and build capacity for the improvement of men’s health across Australia.

 Australian Men’s Health Forum (AMHF)                       by speaking at professional conferences, assisting          Primary Health Care Nurse Reference       General Practitioner Reference Group       Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
 In 2018, AMHF delivered the National Men’s Health          in the review of our resource suite, and contributing       Group (PHCNRG)                            (GPRG)                                     Reference Group
 Gathering conference. To do this they partnered with       articles to professional publications. Each year this
 organisations and stakeholders such as those of us who     arrangement results in another trained endocrinologist,     Key objectives:                           Key objectives:                            Key objectives:
 work in men’s health.                                      providing expertise in male reproductive health.            - Support the review and development     - Support the review and development      - Inform the areas of priority for
                                                                                                                          of training activities for primary        of training activities for GPs             program and activity development to
 We also worked with AMHF for the benefit and success       Jean Hailes – For Women’s Health                              healthcare nurses                       - Act as key advocates of men’s health      improve the education and awareness
 of the 2018 Men’s Health Week campaign.                                                                                - Act as key advocates of men’s health     in the GP sector by promoting training     of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
                                                            We have had a long-standing and valuable partnership
                                                                                                                          in the nursing sector by promoting        opportunities and available resources      male health
                                                            with Jean Hailes for Women’s Health. This is based on
                                                                                                                          training opportunities and available    - Support the implementation of male
                                                            a shared commitment to translating and developing
                                                                                                                          resources                                 health campaigns in general practice     Dr Mick Adams
 Australian Men’s Shed Association                          evidence-based health information. In 2018, we worked
                                                                                                                        - Support the implementation of male                                                Senior Research Fellow, Kurongkurl
                                                            collaboratively on the National Men’s Health Strategy
 Our partnership the Australian Men’s Shed Association                                                                    health campaigns in primary care        Dr Geoff Broomhall                         Katitjin – Edith Cowan University
                                                            2020 – 2030 and the National Women’s Health Strategy
 begun in 2008. Over the past decade it has allowed us to                                                                                                         General Practitioner
                                                            2020 – 2030.
 connect with the thousands of Australian men engaged                                                                   Ms Dell Lovett                                                                       Mr Karl Briscoe
 in the Men’s Shed network.                                                                                             Primary Health Care Nurse                 Dr Peter Burke                             CEO, Natsihwah (ACT)
                                                                                                                                                                  General Practitioner
 In 2018, we continued to work together to develop and      Men’s Health Information and Research Centre                Ms Ruth Mursa                                                                        Mr Jack Bulman
 provide key health messages, using the Men’s Health        (MHIRC) – Western Sydney University                         Nurse Practitioner                        Dr Rob King                                CEO, Mibbinbah Men’s Group (QLD)
 Week campaign as a key promotional platform.                                                                                                                     General Practitioner                       & Associate Lecturer, University of
                                                            Since its inception in 1998 MHIRC has promoted              Professor Tony O’Brien (chair)                                                       Technology Sydney
                                                            boy’s and men’s health, working from a strong social        School of Nursing and Midwifery, The      Dr Andrew Smith
                                                            determinants of health perspective. This has involved       University of Newcastle                   General Practitioner                       Mr Craig Dukes (retired June 2018)
 ANZAC Research Institute                                   launching and running Men’s Health Week for the last                                                                                             CEO, Australian Indigenous Doctors’
                                                            11 years, in which we have been a strong partner.           Ms Julie Towmey                           Associate Professor Alan Wright            Association
 ANZAC Research Institute provided professional
                                                                                                                        Primary Health Care Nurse                 (chair)
 training in andrology through our annual
                                                                                                                                                                  General Practitioner                       Dr Keith Gleeson
 ‘Endocrinologist in Training’ opportunity. This
                                                            Your Fertility                                                                                                                                   General Practitioner & Andrology
 invaluable partnership has resulted in numerous
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Australia Advisory Board Director
 trained endocrinologists, which has increased the
 workforce capacity in the field of andrology. Trainees     As part of the Fertility Coalition, we make a significant
                                                            contribution to Your Fertility. The importance of men’s                                                                                          Associate Professor Chris Lawrence
 supported us by speaking at professional conferences,
                                                            health for couples planning to have a baby is not widely                                                                                         University of Technology Sydney
 assisting in the review of our resource suite, and
 contributing articles to professional publications.        promoted and the focus on men in the activities of
                                                            Your Fertility is a unique and defining feature of the                                                                                           Dr Kristopher Rallah-Baker (Nov 2018)
 Hudson Institute of Medical Research                       program. In 2018, we worked closely with Your Fertility                                                                                          Chair, Australian Indigenous Doctors’
                                                            to develop and execute the GP Needs Analysis Survey                                                                                              Association
 The Hudson Institute of Medical Research offer an          and the ‘Sperm Health & Having a Family’ fact sheet, as
 annual ‘Endocrinologist in Training’ opportunity that      well as collaboratively promoting the annual Fertility                                                                                           Associate Professor Mark Wenitong
 provides endocrinology specialist trainees with skills     Week campaign.                                                                                                                                   (chair)
 in the field of andrology. These specialists support us                                                                                                                                                     Public Health Medical Advisor,
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Apunipima – Cape York Health Council

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Who we are
                  Advisory Board

 Mr David Crawford AO                    Professor David de Kretser AC           Ms Chris Enright                       Professor RA ‘Frank’ Gardiner AM       Associate Professor Doug Lording         Dr Keith Gleeson
 Role: Chairman                          Role: Director Emeritus                 Role: Advisory Board Director          Role: Advisory Board Director          Role: Advisory Board Director            Role: Advisory Board Director
 Appointed: 2013                         Appointed: 2011                         Appointed: 2017                        Appointed: 2005                        Appointed: 2000                          Appointed: 2017

 Background and experience: David        Background and experience: David        Background and experience: Chris       Background and experience:             Background and experience:               Background and experience: Keith
 has extensive experience in roles       is a passionate advocate for the        is a public health professional who    Frank is a renowned urologist and      Doug is an Endocrinologist and           is a Biripi/Daingutti GP and works in
 of Chairman, Director and Partner.      need to undertake preventative          works to address issues of health      academic in the field of prostate      Andrologist in private practice at       private practice at Biripi Aboriginal
 He was awarded Officer of the           action to improve male health           inequity, with a particular interest   cancer. He has been instrumental       Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne,           Medical Corporation in Taree,
 Order of Australia (AO) in 2009 in      and through this belief, founded        in innovating the approach of          in supporting the development          Victoria. He has a 35-year interest in   NSW. In 2015, Keith co-published
 acknowledgement of his services to      Andrology Australia in 2000. David      men’s health for better individual     of a strong research culture in        sexual medicine and testosterone         a monograph titled “Engaging
 business, sport and the community       served as the inaugural Director        outcomes. Chris holds a Master         prostate cancer in Australia and in    use in men, and is a national expert     Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
 through contributions to arts and       from 2000 to 2006, where he then        of Health and Human Services           developing collaborative research      in erectile dysfunction.                 Communities in Prostate Cancer”
 educational organisations.              went on to hold the position of the     Management and an MBA from             programs between clinicians,                                                    which was released by the Prostate
                                         28th Governor of Victoria until 2011.   Deakin University in Melbourne.        molecular and behavioural                                                       Cancer Foundation of Australia.
                                         He was awarded Companion of the         She has fifteen years’ experience      scientists. Frank has over 130 peer-
 Other roles: Chairman of Lend           Order of Australia (AC) in 2006.        in delivering major public health      reviewed manuscripts in Urology
 Lease Corporation Limited (resigned                                             campaigns and drove Cancer             and Urological Research, and in 2012                                            Other roles: Member of the
 November 2018), Chairman of South                                               Council Victoria’s men’s cancer        was awarded Member of the Order                                                 General Practice Training Advisory
 32, Chairman of Australian Airports     David now continues to serve on the     prevention work for many years.        of Australia (AM).                                                              Committee, member of the Regional
 Corporation Limited.                    Advisory Board and Management                                                                                                                                  Vocational Training Scheme
                                         Group of Andrology Australia.                                                                                                                                  – Indigenous Health Training
                                                                                 Chris has been based in the not for    His academic base continues to be                                               Reference Group, member of the
 Previously, Partner and National                                                profit sector since 2005 and aligns    at the Centre for Clinical Research                                             General Practice Rural Incentive
 Chairman of KPMG, Director of           Other roles: Professor of Anatomy       with a social model of health. She     at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s                                               Committee, member of the
 BHP Billiton Limited, Chairman of       at Monash University, founding          has co-authored papers published       Hospital.                                                                       Andrology Australia Aboriginal and
 Foster’s Group Limited, Chairman of     Director of the Monash Institute of     in the Australian Journal of Public                                                                                    Torres Strait Islander Reference
 National Foods Limited, Chairman        Medical Research, Associate Dean        Health and Australian Family                                                                                           Group.
 of The Australian Ballet, Director of   for Biotechnology Development,          Physician.                             Other roles: Adjunct Professor at
 Westpac Banking Corporation.            Executive Council President of the                                             Edith Cowan University, WA.
                                         International Society of Andrology,                                                                                                                            Previously, Chair of the Indigenous
                                         senior Fellow of endocrinology at       Other roles: Head of Education &                                                                                       General Practice of Registrars
                                         the University of Washington, 28th      Knowledge Exchange at Jean Hailes                                                                                      Network, advisory board member
                                         Governor of Victoria.                   for Women’s Health                                                                                                     of the former Hunter New England
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Area Health Advisory Committee,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        advisory board member of General
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Practice Rural Incentive Program,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        advisory board member of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                        National Aboriginal Faculty of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                        RACGP, board of the AIDA.

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Associate Professor Kevin               Professor David Handelsman AO          Professor Robert McLachlan AM            Mr Simon von Saldern                 Professor David de Kretser AC
McGeechan                               Role: Advisory Board Director          Role: Medical Director                   Role: Director & CEO                 See ‘Advisory Board’.
Role: Advisory Board Director           Appointed: 2000                        Appointed: 2000                          Appointed: 2017
Appointed: 2017
                                                                                                                                                             Associate Professor Doug Lording
Background and experience:              Background and experience:             Background and experience:               Background and experience:           See ‘Advisory Board’.
Kevin is a Senior Lecturer in           David is Australia’s first Professor   Rob has been an integral part            Simon’s diverse experience ranges
Biostatistics at the School of Public   of Reproductive Endocrinology          of Andrology Australia since its         from strategy and planning to
Health, University of Sydney and        and Andrology and has long held        inception in 2000 and has held           communication and stakeholder
                                                                                                                                                             Professor Robert McLachlan AM (Andrology Australia
an active researcher in sexual          an interest in all aspects of male     the role of Medical Director since       engagement, sales and marketing,
                                                                               2006, as well as Acting CEO from         financial risk and compliance        Medical Director)
and reproductive health. He is          reproductive health, medicine and
currently involved in funded            biology.                               August 2015 to September 2017.           management.                          See ‘Advisory Board’.
projects on the use of long-acting                                             Rob specialise in the area of male
reversible contraception and issues                                            reproductive medicine and has
                                        Other roles: Director of the           made significant contributions           Previously, General Manager of
surrounding diagnosis. In 2013                                                                                                                               Professor Gail Risbridger (Resigned 2018)
                                        ANZAC Research Institute, Head         to the research in endocrinology,        Development and Business Services
he oversaw the production of the
                                        of Department of Andrology at          infertility and andrology.               at Musculoskeletal Australia         Gail is Deputy Dean (Special Projects) and Head, Prostate and Breast
statistical report ‘Reproductive and
                                        Concord Hospital.                                                               (formerly, MOVE – Muscle, Bone and   Cancer research program in the Department of Anatomy and
Sexual Health in Australia’.
                                                                                                                        Joint Health).                       Development Biology at Monash University.
                                                                               In 2016, he was made a Member
Other roles: Consultant Statistician                                           of the Order of Australia for
for Family Planning NSW.                                                       services to medicine in the field of
                                                                               endocrinology, particularly in men’s
                                                                                                                                                             Associate Professor Peter Royce (Resigned 2018)
                                                                               reproductive health, and to medical                                           Peter is the Directory of Urology and Senior Consultant Urologic
                                                                               research.                                                                     Surgeon at the Alfred Hospital, Senior Consultant Urologic Surgeon
                                                                                                                                                             at Cabrini Hospital, and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor for the
                                                                                                                                                             Department of Surgery at Monash University.
                                                                               Other roles: NHMRC Principal
                                                                               Research Fellow at the Hudson
                                                                               Institute of Medical Research,
                                                                               Deputy Director of Endocrinology                                              Associate Professor Ben Smith
                                                                               at the Monash Medical Centre,                                                 Ben holds over 20 years’ experience in the design and evaluation
                                                                               consultant to the World Health                                                of disease prevention and health promotion strategies, and has
                                                                               Organisation on male infertility                                              an extensive history of research into health behaviours and their
                                                                               regulation.                                                                   determinants. He is based at the School of Public Health and
                                                                                                                                                             Preventative Medicine at Monash University.

                                                                               Previously, former president of the
                                                                               Fertility Society of Australia, former
                                                                               Secretary of the International                                                Mr Simon von Saldern
                                                                               Society of Andrology.                                                         See ‘Advisory Board’.

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