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Culturally responsive physiotherapy approaches to working with Pacific families

25 months
Approved budget:
Mr Oka Sanerivi
Professor Leigh Hale
Associate Professor Faafetai Sopoaga
Mr Christopher Higgs
Dr Byron Seiuli
Health issue:
Physical activity/exercise
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Clinical Training Fellowship
Lay summary
This study explores the cultural knowledge, specifically pertaining to health, of Samoan families and physiotherapists living across Aotearoa New Zealand and Samoa. This knowledge will be gleaned through Talanoa interviews with participants in person or via web-conferencing platforms (Zoom app). The themes from the interviews will be analysed using the Kakala methodology and synthesised to construct a clinical practice guideline or model of care. This guideline will then be presented to the key physiotherapy professional bodies in Aotearoa for feedback via focus groups. Information from the participant interviews and the focus groups will be integrated to finalise the guideline that will then be widely disseminated through the key professional organisations. A specific focus of the dissemination of the findings will be to inform the position of the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand on physiotherapy service provision for Pacific peoples in Aotearoa.