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Men’s Health and Wellbeing | The Role of the Pharmacist

Men’s Health and Wellbeing | The Role of the Pharmacist

Men's Health Awareness Week is celebrated globally and runs from the 10th - 16th of June 2024.

The Pharmacist and Pharmacy play a key role play in Educating on Men’s Health.

Pharmacists can present an opportunity for action in men who are struggling with their health and can help to educate men on their risk factors and treatment options.

Pharmacists and pharmacies play a crucial role in educating men about their health by leveraging their accessibility, trust, and expertise. Pharmacists and pharmacies are also pivotal in educating men about their health, promoting preventive care, and supporting overall well-being.


Some actions you can take within Pharmacy to promote men’s health awareness:

Pharmacy contributions can be categorised into several key areas:

  1. Medication Management and Counselling: which is a usual part of the pharmacists’ role in Ireland
  2. Health Screenings and Preventive Care
  • Screenings: By offering screening for certain condition e.g. Blood Pressure check in an environment which is more accessible and open to the patient, often with no appointment necessary.
  • Vaccinations: Pharmacists administer vaccines and can educate men on the importance of vaccinations in preventing diseases such as influenza, pneumonia, and HPV-related cancers.
  1. Chronic Disease Management
  • Diabetes and Hypertension: Pharmacists can help men manage chronic diseases by providing counselling on lifestyle changes, monitoring blood glucose or blood pressure levels, and adjusting medications as needed.
  • Smoking Cessation: They offer support and resources for men trying to quit smoking, including counselling and nicotine replacement therapies.
  1. Health and Wellness Education
  • Lifestyle Advice: Pharmacists provide guidance on healthy eating, exercise, weight management, and stress reduction.
  • Mental Health: They raise awareness about mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, and can refer men to appropriate healthcare providers or support services.
  1. Men’s Specific Health Concerns
  • Prostate Health: Pharmacists can educate men about prostate health, including the importance of regular screenings for prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
  • Erectile Dysfunction: They provide information on the causes and treatment options for erectile dysfunction and can offer discreet counselling and support.
  1. Public Health Initiatives
  • Awareness Campaigns: Pharmacies often participate in public health initiatives and campaigns, such as “Movember”, which focuses on raising awareness about men’s health issues, including mental health, suicide prevention, and cancer.

For more information on Men's Health Awareness, Visit the HSE's Health and Wellbeing Site here.