Men's Health Services
Men tend not to see their doctor until problems are well established. We hope we can change this. We recommend that all men over 45 years attend for a yearly health review.
If you are facing financial difficulties that makes seeing us difficult, please talk to our staff and we will help support you.
Below we have listed services and reliable links related to common presentations.
Health Navigator NZ provides additional information on many of the common health issues.
Bowel Function Review.
New Zealand has one of the highest incidence of bowel cancer in the world. Bowel cancer can be asymptomatic however any change in bowel habit, abdominal pain, bleeding from the bowel or unintentional weight loss should be investigated to exclude bowel cancer.
Urinary incontinence (loss of bladder control) is a common problem and can affect people of all ages. If this affects your daily activities, we can support you with advice and/or medical treatment that can ease or stop these problems.
New Zealand has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world, affecting up to 1 in 4 children and 1 in 6 adults.
For more information please see the following links.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
The term COPD includes a range of diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, certain types of bronchiectasis, and sometimes asthma and refers to the damage to the lungs which makes breathing difficult that is common to all these diseases.
COPD affects about 1 in 7 adults aged over 45 years and is common in older age groups. It is often undiagnosed.
The main cause of COPD is long-term exposure to substances that irritate and damage the lungs; nearly all COPD in New Zealand is smoking-related. There is no cure for COPD but regular inhalers, vaccinations and early treatment of infection with antibiotics can make a difference.
Spirometry is a common pulmonary function test. It measures lung function, specifically the amount and/or speed of air that can be inhaled and exhaled.
This is an important test for patients with conditions such as asthma, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Pulmonary Fibrosis and Cystic Fibrosis.
Contraception Needs and Fertility aSSESSMENT
Male contraceptives, also known as male birth control are methods of preventing pregnancy
The most common kinds of male contraceptives and their relative effectiveness is outlined in Family Planning Org.
Condoms are available on prescription or free from the shelf in our public toilet at the practice. For more information about condoms, check Health Navigator Condoms
Vasectomy is covered under some NZ health insurance policies. For more information on vasectomy review New Zealand Family Planning.
Male related issues account for approximately 25% of infertile couples and another 15-25% has some male contribution. It is important that both partners are supported if couples have not become pregnant after 12 months or earlier, or if problems are suspected at any time.
There are a range of tests that can help identify if there are problems and we will support you with these. Fertility treatments generally provide good outcomes.
Heart Health and Blood Pressure Assessment and Monitoring.
Cardiovascular disease (heart, stroke and blood vessel disease) is the leading cause cause of death in New Zealand. The following link outlines the cardiovascular disease screening recommendations for patients who are without symptoms. We have also provided this link to the NZ Heart Foundation. This site provides a range of information that includes the signs and symptoms of heart disease, preventative measures and the assessment and treatment of heart disease.
General Checkup and Personalised Screening Advice.
If you have concerns about your health or wish to have a better understanding of your personal risk come and see us. We will review your family history, provide assessment, personalised screening and preventative medical advice. The following provides general guidelines for age specific screening and preventative medical advice, and cardiovascular risk assessment
Mental Health and Lifestyle Concerns.
We will support you with challenges related to such issues as work stress, relationships, parenting, depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug use and gambling.
We are able to offer specific support for a range of nutritional problems that include, but are not limited to, weight management, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, coeliac disease, iron and B12 deficiency.
Sexual Health ConSULTS
Sexual health consults are offered to women of all ages. Up to four fully subsidised sexual health consults per year are available for patients up until their 25th birthday.
We provide the medical and surgical management of a range of skin conditions. This includes skin cancer or precancerous lesions. The following link provides reliable information on a range of skin conditions.
Sleep pattern changes, snoring and sleep apnoea 2-3 times more common in men than women. These problems can significantly and adversely impact on quality of life and relationships yet can often be successfully managed.
Prostate Assessment And Screening.
Please come in to discuss the concerns you have. We have also provided the following links as a general guide to the pros and cons of screening and the opportunity to review your personal risk.
Getting checked for Prostate Cancer: Quick guide for men and their families and whānau.
This link provides an estimate of your personal risk of prostate cancer and review the pros and cons of screening.
Our TRAVELSAFE service is recommended for all travelers and is available to both members of our community and registered patients. TRAVELSAFE consults provide up-to-the-minute, medical advice specific to your planned destinations, activities and your personal health needs. We aim to help ensure your travels are safe and enjoyable.
There are a range of vaccinations that are offered to adults in New Zealand that reduce the burden of disease. The following this link outlines the vaccines that are recommended Immunisation/Vaccination.