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Archive of Men’s Health

Canterbury Suicide Prevention Conference – Annette Beautrais

Tue 4th March 2014:

Friday March 21st 9am-5.30pm Rolleston Lecture Theatre University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine 2 Riccarton Ave, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011

Sexualisation of Girls – impacts on boys?

Thu 6th February 2014:

There has been discussion about commercial forces using sexualisation of girls for manipulation to increase sales of low intrinsic value products. Melinda Tankard Reist has given public presentations at Forum on the Family, her book Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls and a Sydney Morning Herald article Sex sells, but we’re selling out our […]

Prostate debate

Sat 18th January 2014:

Brochures encouraging men to talk to their GPs about prostate cancer have been attacked in prominent international medical journals, and New Zealand experts claim they are “taking a gamble with men’s health”. Differing Opinions in the medical world

Australian research gets its teeth into the real world DV

Thu 12th December 2013: Latest ABS Personal Safety Survey shows one in three victims of domestic violence is male

Men’s Identities – seen through their spending patterns?

Wed 20th November 2013:

Social science may have largely ignored men as individuals, but there is money to be had by listening to men…… Men’s Health Australia announce release by Saachi and Saachi: The Modern (Aussie) Man White Paper

NZ men far more likely to die of preventable causes than women.

Tue 8th October 2013:

The latest mortality data highlights the difference in mortality rates between the sexes, with 461.9 deaths per 100,000 males compare to 330.2 deaths per 100,000 females. Men are up to twice as likely to die from preventable illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. Men are three times as likely to die in a car crash […]

October Protests

Thu 3rd October 2013:

Representatives of the Ministry of Men’s Affairs (a community group because successive governments have failed to respect the voice and welfare of men) will be present at protests each Saturday in October to coincide with the male-denigrating White Ribbon Campaign. The protests will will encourage people to wear a black ribbon instead to show they […]

Men Don’t Matter

Thu 26th September 2013:

In case we need reminding, men’s suffering of abuse, violence and disadvantage is often covered up while for women it is highlighted. Here are a few stories in today’s papers showing this.

More Discrimination Against Men in Suicide Prevention

Thu 25th July 2013:

FYI, our letter to Lifeline Aotearoa concerning its Suicide Prevention Education Newsletter:

Men’s Health Week 10 – 16 June

Tue 11th June 2013:

FYI: Men’s Free Health Check Focuses On Prevention Friday, 7 June 2013, 4:56 pm Press Release: Men’s Health Week Men’s Free Health Check Focuses On Prevention During Men’s Health Week, 10-16 June 2013, New Zealand men are being given the opportunity to take charge of their health by completing a simple What’s Your Score survey […]

Plight of Emotionally Neglected Children in NZ

Mon 10th June 2013:

Emotional neglect is a silent destroyer of lives, many, many lives. Most suffer is silence, sometimes under suicide gravestones, sometimes in psychiatric units doped or electrocuted to silence. The early damage was done by failure to respond, to smile, to talk back as often as needed by the baby. Doesn’t sound dramatic, but the long […]

“Remembering Those Killed on the Job?”

Sun 28th April 2013:

This article tells us that today is Workers Memorial Day to remember those killed and injured on the job. However, it seems that everyone involved takes great care to avoid mentioning that men make up the vast majority of such workers. Not once is the word ‘men’ even used. The 28 forestry ‘workers’ who have […]

Gender Obfuscation in Workplace Deaths

Fri 2nd November 2012:

FYI, I sent the following to Francios Barton, Ministry of Innovation, Business and Employment concerning a news article today: I sent the following to journalist Natalie Akoorie regarding her NZ Herald article on a construction work safety campaign. The article suggests that the use of the word ‘people’ in referring to workplace deaths and injuries […]

Ministry of Men’s Affairs Officially Recognized

Fri 26th October 2012:

Well, sort of. The Prime Minister’s office replied to a letter from MoMA, addressing it to Kerry Bevin and myself at the Ministry of Men’s Affairs. No response was included regarding our request for $5 million (somewhat less than is spent every year on the Ministry of Women’s Affairs), but the welfare of men was […]

Survey: Does PND affect infant-mother attachment and is the role of the father a moderating factor?

Sun 21st October 2012:

New dads are needed to take part in a 25 minute online survey entitled: ‘How does postnatal depression affect infant-mother attachment, and is the role of the father a moderating factor?’

Of marriage and men: stereotypes that ignore half the story

Mon 15th October 2012:

I don’t think this needs a summary. Just read it: Of marriage and men: stereotypes that ignore half the story

Review: Buck Up – the Real Bloke’s Guide to Getting Healthy and Living Longer

Thu 4th October 2012:

Last night Felicity and I attended a function at the Millenium Centre to celebrate the launch of a new book for men by Buck Shelford and Dr Grant Schofield.

Not waving but drowning: preventing male suicide

Wed 12th September 2012:

Male Health Research and Policy Workshop This workshop was hosted by the Institute of Policy Studies and the University of Otago Wellington and was held on June 1, 2010. In recent years some health researchers have suggested that more attention needs to be given to developing strategies for improving men’s health. This workshop therefore aimed […]

Legislative Process in Perspective

Sat 8th September 2012:

When I was younger and had never seen the inside of a caughtroom, I thought legislation guided judges, in rather clearly defined manner. Having seen several caught cases proceed, I eventually came to the conclusion that more often than not, Parliament and legislation is several years behind changes in judge’s behaviour. Tail wagging the dog? […]

Black Ribbon Campaign for Men

Wed 29th August 2012:

FYI, information about the launch of a new campaign at parliament grounds this Friday 31 August. We invite supporters to join the campaign with a $5 donation; they will receive a black ribbon that can be worn alongside or instead of the white ribbon. MMA MINISTRY OF MEN’S AFFAIRS MINITATANGA MO NGA TANE PO Box […]

Response from Minister

Mon 2nd July 2012:

As expected the reply from the Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne was a fob off, in response to my clear expose of anti-male gender bias by the Ministry of Health in the way it reports and responds to suicide. I publish Mr Dunne’s letter here for all to see the extent to which it […]

Male Suicide and the social determinants of health

Tue 26th June 2012:

The Tip of the Iceberg: Male Suicide and the social determinants of health Keynote presentation by Professor John Macdonald President, Australasian Men’s Health Forum. Co-Director MHIRC UWS The tip of the iceberg theme will be used to suggest that we need to look beneath the surface of things, in many areas of life: often we […]

Suicide Prevention Conference 2012

Mon 25th June 2012:

Dr. Annette Beautrais has returned to NZ and is now employed at Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Auckland University, at the Middlemore Hospital Complex. Friday 28th September 2012 She has organised a Suicide Prevention Conference, to follow on from a World Injury Conference, a few days earlier in Wellington. (As quite a lot of […]

Ministry of Health Suicide Report Neglects Men

Sun 20th May 2012:

FYI, here is my letter to the Minister of Health concerning his ministry’s latest report on suicide, due for public release on 24 May no doubt with Peter Dunne crowing about the achievement. It’s a serious indictment on the NZ government concerning its prioritization of women and neglect of men even in this area that […]

Hope springs eternal?

Thu 12th April 2012:

Sometimes when I read postings on this website, I get a bit depressed, quite a bit depressed. My old fiends, clonazepam and temazepam usually help, but if relied upon, can drop me very hard. Alternating with benzedrine usually helps, but he too can have a sting in his tail. Nortriptoline can help, if I know […]

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