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28 April 2015
Ten to Men - managing data to improve men's health
Ten to Men: The Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health is Australia’s first major longitudinal study of male health.
Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, this study, commissioned under the Federal Government’s 2010 National Male Health Policy, is being undertaken by The Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, at The University of Melbourne.
Males die earlier than females, and have a greater burden of injury and disease.
This study aims to follow males aged ten to 55 at recruitment over the course of their life to gather data on a wide range of health issues relevant to males at different life stages, to identify the factors that contribute to good health and wellbeing in men.
The driver of the research is to address the well-documented disparity in health outcomes between males and females, and between certain groups of males, such as those living in rural Australia compared to their urban dwelling counterparts.
The study will collect data on a range of mental and physical health issues that represent a high burden of disease in males, such as chronic diseases in older males, self-harm and injury in younger males, and the social determinants of health.
The findings of the study will be used to support the development of policies and programs to strengthen male health and improve male health outcomes.
Arcitecta worked with the University of Melbourne to develop a respondent management system (using Mediaflux) for the study, accommodating data from over 16,000 participants, with the capability to manage a range of future study activities.
With Mediaflux, the University can now log participants’ contact details and contact events, as well as linking individuals to households, allowing associated data to be linked to participants, households, or other relevant objects.
The Mediaflux system was built with robust security and auditing capabilities, allowing the history of data changes, particularly to participant status and address changes, to be readily identified.
The Mediaflux user interface is designed for use by non-technical staff for day-to-day management of participants, and was built using an asset model application.