Andrology Australia loses ongoing funding
Message from Professor Rob McLachlan, Director, Andrology Australia
The Federal Government has withdrawn ongoing funding from Andrology Australia from July 1st, bringing an end to 16 years as the only national body providing evidenced-based information, best practice support and education, and policy advice in the area of male reproductive health and associated conditions.
We believe it is vital that clinicians and consumers have access to information that is free of commercial influence and freely available. Andrology Australia has always operated on a modest budget with a small team of committed professionals supported by a network of primary healthcare professionals and specialists working pro bono.
If this decision is not revoked, this invaluable resource is at risk of being lost and there will be no independent body working to ensure that clinicians and consumers get the necessary information to support this important area of men’s health. Over the years, many GPs and other primary healthcare professionals have benefited from accredited online education programs and professional and patient resources provided free of charge by Andrology Australia.
The importance of Andrology Australia as a source of free information to health professionals and the public can be seen in the 1.2 million website hits per year; 950,000 views of health topics annually; and more than 16,000 newsletters distributed each quarter.
We are in discussion with the government seeking to reverse this decision for the sake of the health of Australian men. We ask for your support by raising awareness amongst your colleagues, expressing your concern to your local Member of Parliament, and signing our petition. The petition and other details can be found on the campaign page on our website. See: www.andrologyaustralia.org/saveandrologyaustralia.