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Men's Health Week 2011 kicks off

Men's Health Week 2011 formally kicked off last week in London before an audience of around 80.

With men's health and technology the theme of this year's week, the aim of this event was to promote partnership and engagement among a wide range of organisations and people involved in health and/or technology.

The event was expertly chaired Dr Ayan Panja, GP, Broadcaster and writer. MHF CEO Peter Baker outlined our plans for the week. Charles Gutteridge, the National Director for Health Informatics at the Department of Health explained the role of new technologies in improving public health.

There was also a presentation by Paul Nuki, Chief Editor of NHS Choices who revealed how NHS Choices planned to target men during the week. The final presentation was from Dr Seema Jani, GP and Gemma Hobson, Patient Relationship Manager, Pfizer who discussed the Man MOT website, a successful men's health online surgery which is up and running now.

MHF CEO Peter Baker said: 'The Kick Off event clearly showed that the potential for improving men's health through digital technologies is huge. National Men's Health Week will give the NHS and other health providers a major push in the right direction and lead to new levels of activity. The Men's Health Forum looks forward to working with as many other organisations as possible who share our vision about this new approach to tackling a major health inequality.'

MHF Men's Health Week manager Kristin McCarthy added: 'All those who attended were active participants in the morning and we got lots of great feedback on our plans. We are very much looking forward to an exciting and successful week.'

As promised the presentations are now online:

Register for Men's Health Week 2011 here.

The Guardian also reported on the meeting: NHS uses IT ineffectively, says DH informatics boss (21/01/11)

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