12 Unitec students have been awarded Men’s Health Scholarships by the New Zealand Men’s Health Trust (NZMHT), at an awards event held at Unitec’s Mt. Albert campus.
These students, who are from a range of health disciplines including nursing, osteopathy and social practice, will each received a grant to help with their course fees.
The NZMHT is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the cause of men’s health and works to encourage men to proactively think about their wellbeing.
New Zealand men go to the doctor three times less than women and die from 3000 preventable death every year. NZMHT believe that the situation could vastly improve if men realised the importance of health screening. They are therefore always keen to support men who are passionate about making a difference in men’s health.
Dr. Graham Washer (Medical Advisor and Trustee, NZMHT) said he is impressed by the passion with which the scholars approach their health studies. He said the next challenge is to build a team of scholars who can spread the message of men’s health far and wide.
One of the scholars – Bachelor of Social Practice - Philipe Eyton said he was glad to be supported in an area of deep interest, “I’m working on three men’s health projects simultaneously and one of them is about developing an understanding about wellness in rural communities. None of this would have been possible without the support of NZMHT and Unitec”.
Unitec Chief Executive, Rick Ede, is pleased that through this partnership with NZMHT Unitec students are able to add value to their community. “The scholarships are more than just funding, they’re about addressing health issues for men and getting the message out there. The number of scholars has increased significantly from five in 2010 to 12 this year which means we’re getting some great outcomes for men’s health.”
Congratulations to these 12 recipients of the 2013 Men’s Health Scholarships:
Jamie Boyd-Bell (Social Practice)
Russell Cochrane (Social Practice)
Russell Gaddes (Osteopathy)
Jeremy Gershen (Nursing)
Jude Harley (Osteopathy)
Matiu Taingahue (Osteopathy)
Fritz Von Heiderbrandt (Social Practice)
Philipe Eyton (Social Practice)
Keith Filo (Social Practice)
William Lelenoa (Nursing)
Aaron Smith (Nursing)
Simon Roots (Osteopathy)