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Burden of MRSA on Far North communities

4 months
Approved budget:
Miss Kennedy Sarich
Health issue:
Infectious disease
Proposal type:
Māori Health Summer Studentship
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, and 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 related to 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 will provide me opportunities to work alongside a health provider in Northland, and support their practice by assisting them