The Centre for Men's Health conducts research in Andrology, studying men's health in all its aspects.
Thesis title: Men's health and wellbeing: Experience of older men in New Zealand
Objective of the research
This PhD thesis will investigate a cohort of older men in the Otago and Southland regions, focusing on their expectations and experiences of health and wellbeing, and levels of social engagement.
Background/review of the literature
Many of the health disparities between men and women seen in other developed countries are replicated in New Zealand. Cardiovascular disease, various forms of cancers, suicide, and injuries are either specific to, or more prevalent in men; most importantly, life expectancies for men in New Zealand are approximately 4 years less than for women. Such disparities vary across rural and urban communities, and across ethnic sub-groups. In particular Māori men live some 7 years less than other New Zealand men: life expectancy at birth is 73.0 years for Māori males, compared with 80.3 years for non-Māori males (Statistics New Zealand).
However, men's health and wellbeing is not currently recognised as a priority for healthcare providers, for government ministries and agencies, for health research funders, nor at the wider societal level. In contrast to countries like Australia, where federal and state governments have recognised the importance of men’s health and are taking steps to address health disparities, in New Zealand, there is limited engagement on this issue.
Significance and conclusion
This PhD thesis will contribute to our understanding of the experiences of older men, to the further development of men's health research in New Zealand, and aligns closely to the mission and anticipated impacts of the Ageing Well National Science Challenge.
Baxter GD, Mabire L, Liu L, Connolly MJ, Theodore R, Brunson J, Nicholson H. Seven things you need to know about men’s health. New Zealand Medical Journal. 2017;130(1463):7-10.
What do we know about men's health in New Zealand: A literature review
Research Team: Hui Xiao, Fiona Doolan-Noble, Lizhou Liu, G David Baxter
In New Zealand, women live longer than men, and a disparity of 3-4 years of life expectancy exists between men and women. Men generally experience a higher incidence of and mortality from major diseases. However, research that investigates men’s health is rare. This project reviews the men's health literature in New Zealand and draws on international data to identify knowledge gaps in understanding men's health within New Zealand.