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Ensuring equity for Pacific families: Learning from a pandemic

Year:
2020
Duration:
24 months
Approved budget:
$997,814.00
Researchers:
Dr Jacqueline Cumming
,
Dr Debbie Ryan
,
Dr Ausaga Fa'asalele Tanuvasa
,
Dr Marianna Churchward
,
Dr Lynne Russell
,
Ms Lisa Kitione
,
Ms Harriette Kimiora
Health issue:
Wellbeing (autonomy self-determination)
Proposal type:
Project
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.