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Ensuring equity for Pacific families: Learning from a pandemic

30 months
Approved budget:
Dr Jacqueline Cumming
Dr Debbie Ryan
Dr Ausaga Fa'asalele Tanuvasa
Dr Marianna Churchward
Associate Professor Lynne Russell
Ms Lisa Kitione
Miss Harriette Kimiora
Health issue:
Wellbeing (autonomy self-determination)
Proposal type:
Lay summary
Pacific peoples are particularly at risk from worsening wellbeing outcomes as a result of COVID-19. Key contributing factors include a high prevalence of long-term and respiratory conditions, leaving Pacific peoples vulnerable if they catch the virus. Existing barriers to healthcare (e.g. cost, health literacy, racism) have significant implications for Pacific peoples’ access to key messages, testing and healthcare. Finally, existing socioeconomic inequities experienced by Pacific communities will worsen as a result of the flow-on effects from COVID-19 (e.g. unemployment). In this study, we will identify, via repeated interviews, the key issues that 15 Pacific families faced and continue to face through the various stages of COVID-19, and how successful key initiatives are at supporting Pacific families. Key policy makers and providers will also be interviewed over the response for Pacific peoples. The findings will support community and government responses for Pacific health and wellbeing.