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Sun 24th May 2009

International Men’s Health Week

Filed under: Events — Julie @ 1:31 pm

In June each year International Men’s Health Week is held. Age Concern New Zealand joins with College of Nurses (Aotearoa) NZ to lead celebrations in New Zealand. Men’s Health Week is a chance for New Zealand men to make a difference to their health for themselves and their families.

Why have an International Men’s Health Week:

  • Male life expectancy is unnecessarily low.
  • Reported male-specific diseases are increasing (especially prostate and testicular cancers)
  • Men have higher risk of suicide and yet male depression remains under-diagnosed and under-treated
  • Health services have been slow to respond to men’s health needs and little has been done to encourage and enable men to access services faster and more efficiently

For more information on International Men’s Health Week you can go to Age Concern New Zealand; Men’s Health Week Australia; Men’s Health Forum UK or the What’s New Page to see what Age Concern Councils have planned to celebrate this event.

7 Responses to “International Men’s Health Week”

  1. Alastair says:

    This is Great to hear. I have often wondered why hospitals and medical centres appear to focus of female health – to the point of having a totally sepeate department to womens health.

    One focus of mens health should be more male health proffesionals. I have had to battle to obtain and keep a male GP. I think he is the only male in the practice though!

    WINZ only reluctantly ensured that I have a male case manager. Housing corp takes the cake though, my tennancy manager is female 40+ years my junior telling me how to run my household. I complained and was told that I was sexist!

  2. Alastair says:

    Forgot sorry, What can I do to help Julie.

  3. julie says:

    I think letting your council know would be a good idea. You could also ask them what group holds the database for contact to ALL groups and ask for them to pass it on.

    Other than that, I think you do a great job passing on information through this site.

  4. Scott B says:

    There was a news item the other day saying that men were finally starting to catch up in life expectancy.

  5. Scott B says:

    Anyone seen or heard anything about this in the media? I haven’t!

  6. MurrayBacon says:

    Building Momentum, Gaining Traction: Ireland’s National Men’s Health Policy – 5 years on
    by Noel Richardson

    Approaching the end of the 5-year time frame of Ireland’s national men’s health policy (NMHP) represents a timely opportunity to reflect on the key successes and challenges associated with transitioning from policy development to implementation. The success of the NMHP can be attributed to strong governance and accountability measures, the exponential rise in men’s health research and evaluation reports, the implementation of a comprehensive national men’s health training programme, the development of a range of men’s health information resources, the emergence of some promising work- place-based men’s health promotion initiatives, the expansion of community-based men’s health initiatives and the copper fastening of the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland’s position as the leading men’s health advocacy organisation and co-ordinating body for Men’s Health Week. The key challenges include translating cross-departmental and inter-sectoral recommendations into sustainable actions, limited funding opportunities, the ambitious scope and breadth of policy recommendations and actions; and ongoing issues with regard to managing expectation and maintaining momentum. Crucially, Ireland’s NMHP has provided a vision and a framework for action that has enabled men’s health to gain traction and to develop momentum that would otherwise not have been possible.

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