Māori Health Research Summer Studentship

Miss Kennedy Sarich
Burden of MRSA on Far North communities
6 months

Lay summary

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and associated infections has become more prevalent in recent years with 2013 surveys suggesting a prevalence of 23.9 in every 100,000 New Zealanders having the bacteria.

MRSA infections tend to be severe and longer lasting and place a lot of burden; both on the healthcare system with regards to monetary cost and time, but also on whanau in a number of ways.

Maori and Pacific have higher rates of MRSA infection than Non-Maori/Non-Pacific

Te Tai Tokerau/Te Hiku o te Ika a Maui/Northland is a region with a high Maori population but is also plagued by a number of social issues surrounding Social Development, Healthcare and Justice.

Navilluso Medical ltd provides health services in the Far North and deals with MRSA and its associated infections and subsidiaries regularly.

This project therefore will provide me opportunities to work alongside a health provider in Northland, and support their practice by assisting them.

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