Shining a light on men's health in NZ

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Gendered healthcare has been growing in prominence around the world, with specific ailments affecting different genders disproportionately. New Zealand, unlike Australia, currently has no men's health strategy, and a team of Kiwi researchers argue in an editorial in the New Zealand Medical Journal that one is needed — particularly as New Zealand men have a lower life expectancy and health status than women. They argue that men's health is not just about prostate or testicular cancer, and leading causes of death like heart disease, cancer and suicide need to be addressed.

Journal/conference: New Zealand Medical Journal

Organisation/s: University of Otago

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From: New Zealand Medical Association

Seven things you need to know about men’s health

Men’s health is a conundrum. In New Zealand, men have a lower life expectancy and health status than women, yet New Zealand is described as taking an ‘ad-hoc’ approach to men’s health with no strategy or policies to address these health inequalities. Men’s health is any issue that impacts men’s quality of life, and requires a gender-orientated response to improve men’s health and wellbeing at an individual or population level. The need for gendered healthcare is indisputable: a 2002 Ministry of Health paper reported that in addition to biological differences, much of gender health inequality is a product of social and cultural expectations. What is the current status of men’s health in New Zealand and where do opportunities exist for healthcare professionals to address health inequalities?


  • University of Otago
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    Otago now has a Centre for Men's Health

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