Men miss­ing out on health

The Northland Age - - Local News -

The New Con­ser­va­tive Party is de­mand­ing the gov­ern­ment es­tab­lish a Min­istry for Men be­cause of dis­crep­an­cies in health spend­ing be­tween gen­ders.

Leader Leighton Baker quoted the NZ Med­i­cal Jour­nal, Oc­to­ber 6, 2017, as stat­ing: “For heart dis­ease, stroke, and to a lesser de­gree of mod­i­fi­able life­style change can­cer, stud­ies of women’s health out­num­ber men’s health by two to one… A fur­ther search was made of Health Re­search Coun­cil fund­ing since 2010… to iden­tify sex-spe­cific fund­ing. The search re­vealed that for ev­ery $1 spent ex­clu­sively on women’s health re­search, men’s health re­search re­ceived $0.06.”

“Men are over-rep­re­sented in so many neg­a­tive sta­tis­tics, in­clud­ing prison pop­u­la­tion, sui­cides, home­less­ness, ad­dic­tions, yet re­search into men’s health only re­ceives 6 per cent of women’s health re­search fund­ing,” Mr Baker said. “We are chal­leng­ing the gov­ern­ment to al­lo­cate fund­ing from the $1.9 bil­lion for men­tal health to specif­i­cally ad­dress men’s men­tal health re­quire­ments, and in par­tic­u­lar men’s cop­ing mech­a­nisms for deal­ing with the chal­lenges of 21st cen­tury liv­ing.

“The cost to New Zealand of not deal­ing with men’s men­tal health is huge, as it af­fects crime, fa­ther­less homes, pro­duc­tiv­ity, phys­i­cal health, sui­cide and more.”

“The is­sues fac­ing men have been ig­nored, and bal­anced rep­re­sen­ta­tion is long over­due,” Mr Baker said. “A ded­i­cated Min­istry for Men will ben­e­fit com­mu­ni­ties by ad­dress­ing so many is­sues that are be­ing faced by men, in­clud­ing short­com­ings in the Fam­ily Court sys­tem that has con­sis­tently un­der­val­ued the value of a fa­ther in the fam­ily unit.

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