ABOUT THE TRUST
We’re a registered charity, in action since 2007, promoting good health for the men of New Zealand. We want all men to make good health choices, to take action to live healthier every day, and to have easy access to health information that relates directly to them. We want to reduce illness and disease caused by being overweight and making poor diet choices. We want to save our brothers from dying of illnesses that could have been cured if they’d taken action sooner. We’re all about helping men live healthier and happier.
We provide health information for men, connect men with support agencies, fund men’s health scholarships, run workplace health talks, and create inspiring health campaigns. We work collaboratively with other health organisations to provide the best information available. We are an information hub for men’s health services in New Zealand.
There are a few things we’re not. We’re not a voice for men and we don’t speak on behalf of men. We’re not a funding body for men’s health projects. And we’re not a health service provider; we don’t provide medical or counselling services.
With knowledge, we have the confidence to take action. We create a range of brochures on men’s health topics including signs and symptoms of common health conditions, and what to ask for when you see a doctor for a general health check-up. We also provide information on how to find a doctor if you don’t have one.
By sharing stories of how men we know have changed their habits and what they’re doing to live healthier, we can inspire other men to do the same. We share these stories and tips through our website, facebook, and our monthly e-newsletter.
MEN’S HEALTH TALK
By taking Men’s Health to the workplace with our Men’s Health Talk, we reach hundreds of men directly every year. In our presentations, we talk about the benefits of living healthier (and what will happen if we don’t), we share tips on making healthy lifestyle choices, we do some basic medical health checks, we encourage men to look out for the warning signs of diseases like prostate cancer and bowl cancer and encourage early treatment, and we address some of New Zealand’s biggest killers – obesity and heart disease.
FUNDING MEN INTO HEALTHCARE ROLES
Through our partnership with Unitec Institute of Technology, we award 12 Men’s Health Scholarships every year, to men studying nursing, osteopathy, health promotion, sports science, radiography and social services – fields where men are sometimes underrepresented, and where they can affect real change in men’s health after graduating.
Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors whose generosity enables us to continue our work. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the Men’s Health Trust NZ we’d love to hear from you. Send us an email with sponsorship in the heading and we’ll get right back to you.
We love getting together to raise money and awareness for Men’s Health. Every year we host a number of our own fundraising events as well as coordinating events from around the country in our events calendar. So get your mates together and come join us.
We use billboards and street posters nationwide to get men’s attention, and to get them talking and thinking about their heath. Our campaigns are often provocative as well as newsworthy, gaining additional media coverage, like our speech bubble campaign.