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Developing a Pacific mental health intervention: What is therapeutic?

31 months
Approved budget:
Dr Karlo Mila-Schaaf MNZM
Health issue:
Mental health (and sleep disorders)
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lay summary
This research explores what is “therapeutic” according to Pacific consumers and their families, Pacific mental health practitioners and Tongan and Samoan indigenous knowledge traditions. Integrating synergistic evidence-based therapeutic approaches, the findings will be translated into an intervention for mild to moderate mental health problems, and tested for face-validity, acceptability and feasibility with stakeholders and end-users. This grant was awarded to University of Otago but was later transfered to The University of Auckland.