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Ambulatory sensitive hospitalisations of Pacific children in New Zealand; the parents' perspectives

62 months
Approved budget:
Mrs Ellaine Ete-Rasch
Health issue:
Wellbeing (autonomy self-determination)
Proposal type:
Pacific Health PhD Scholarship
Lay summary
This proposed research focuses on the unfavorable health outcomes of Pacific children in New Zealand. Overall aims and objectives are to work with families and children to understand and address children’s health needs. It also aims at enhancing Pacific community research capacity by equal partnership. I completed my Master of Arts in Nursing in 2010. I’ve been working with Pacific families and communities in my capacity as a registered nurse for over 10 years in NZ. A Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach is employed using both qualitative and quantitative methods. CBPR acknowledges those experiencing the health issue/s as a significant partner in the research process. My research involves understanding the causes and generating solutions to address this poor health. Potential health benefits include, illuminating particular areas of enhancement for Pacific families and the health system and whether ‘communities of interest’ are a useful way of ongoing support for Pacific families.