Media ReleaseFrom: 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?