Men’s Health Research in New Zealand A Scoping Review

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Hui Xiao
Fiona Doolan-Noble
Lizhou Liu
Alan White
David Baxter


Background: Globally, there has been a growing awareness of the health challenges faced by men. The current public health agenda in Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ) does not specifically address the needs of men. The aim of this scoping review was to capture the major health issues facing men in NZ and particularly to identify the knowledge gaps in the understanding of men’s health within the NZ context. This was achieved by presenting key data on their health status and systematically mapping research in NZ related to men’s health;
international data are also referenced for context as relevant.
Method: A search and screening of the literature were conducted using Ovid, Web of Science and Scopus databases from January 1996 to July 2021, with advice from a medical librarian. Search terms included “men’s/male’s health” and “men’s/male’s health NZ.” An environmental scan of international literature was also carried out and information from the Ministry of Health and Statistics NZ was obtained to provide context of the status of research on men’s health in NZ.
Main Findings: In keeping with international literature, the major health issues for men in NZ are life-limiting diseases including cancer and cardiovascular disease, the spread of overweight and obesity, issues with masculinity and help-seeking behaviours, unhealthy lifestyles, mental health issues and poor health literacy. The main areas of research related to men’s health from the NZ literature were highlighted.
Discussion: Men’s health remains an under-recognised issue in NZ. If we are to address current inequities in health for men, clinicians, researchers and relevant agencies need to pay more attention to men’s health issues and take up the challenge to highlight and promote men’s health status in NZ.


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Men’s Health Across the Lifespan
Author Biographies

Hui Xiao, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, Centre for Men’s Health, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Fiona Doolan-Noble, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Department of General Practice and Rural Health, Dunedin School of Medicine, Centre for Men’s Health, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Lizhou Liu, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, Centre for Men’s Health, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Alan White, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, United Kingdom

Centre for Men’s Health, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, United Kingdom

David Baxter, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, Centre for Men’s Health, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand


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