Mens’ health post prostate cancer: Managing the Martians

A/Prof. (Adj) Craig Allingham EMBA, FSMA, APAM, NSAA

Men’s Health Physiotherapist
Author: Prostate Recovery MAP – Men’s Action Plan

Men have a different attitude to their health than do women. We take a more functional view of health meaning if we can get up, put on our pants the right way and get out of the door to work we must be healthy. In fact, our western socialisation process actively direct men towards risk taking, unhealthy behaviours in return for bestowing the concept of masculinity on us. Sounds great but isn’t working too well – males die at a greater rate than females at all life stages until there are too few of us to make a comparison meaningful. Which makes the role of a health professional working with males pretty challenging as you try to convey information, attitudes and behaviours that are not only novel to men but may run counter to their world view. This is the background for my presentation on ‘Managing the Martians’ following prostate cancer treatment.  As well as the technical information on continence and erectile recovery, this session will provide you with insight to communicating with men, some tools to help you and a lot of head-nodding as you recognise the males in your clinic, your house and your workplace.


Biography

Craig Allingham is a high performance sports physiotherapist with experience at four Olympic Games and many other international events. Well, he was. Now he has taken his interest in sports rehab and applied the same science to working with men during their prostate cancer experience. He is particularly interested in the way men process incoming health information and how it impacts on decisions and actions. Craig is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Bond University where he teaches men’s health to final year physiotherapy students and also at Griffith University. He is author of ‘Prostate Recovery MAP – Men’s Action Plan’ and an active leader in educating his colleagues in this field. Craig lives on the Sunshine Coast with his wife Mary, they have six adult children, several thousand bees and four chooks. He enjoys motorcycling, saxophone and a good red.