'Male consultations in general practice in Australia 1999-00' is a secondary analysis of data from the second year of the BEACH (Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health) program, April 1999-March 2000. Based on 44,308 encounters with male patients and 59,366 encounters with female patients, it reports the characteristics of male patients who attended GPs in Australia, and the characteristics of these encounters. Comparisons are made between the encounters of male patients and female patients. The report also examines the age-related pattern of commonly managed problems and changes in management rates of specific illnesses across age groups at male patient encounters. Subsamples of encounters with male patients provide data on the management of work-related problems at GP encounters, and male patient body weight to height ratio, smoking status and alcohol use.